Psalm 104

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Brian Blume

Psalm 104

solo for multiple percussion

Psalm 104. by Brian Blume © 2009 Tapspace Publications LLC (ASCAP), Portland, Oregon. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Printed in USA. www.tapspace.com “Scripture quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.” (www.Lockman.org) Notice of Liability: Any duplication, adaptation, or arrangement of any text or composition contained herein requires the written consent of the copyright owner. No part of any composition contained herein may be photocopied or reproduced in any way without permission. Unauthorized uses are an infringement of the U.S. Copyright act and are punishable by law.

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Notes Psalm 104 for Multiple Percussion is a challenging work written in the fall of 2007. The idea was to use a multi-percussion setup of drums and cymbals to depict some of the characteristics of God. Psalm 104 reflects on several traits of God, such as His greatness and majesty, His care and perfect precision in His creation, and His provision and ability to satisfy man’s heart. Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty, Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak, Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain. He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters; He makes the clouds His chariot; He walks upon the wings of the wind; He makes the winds His messengers, Flaming fire His ministers. (1-4) The mountains rose; the valleys sank down To the place which You established for them. You set a boundary that they may not pass over, So that they will not return to cover the earth. He sends forth springs in the valleys; They flow between the mountains; They give drink to every beast of the field; The wild donkeys quench their thirst. The earth is satisfied with the fruit of his works. You give to them, they gather it up; You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good.

(8-11, 13, 28)

A contrasting section of the piece (letter I and J) is based on the following passage: You appoint darkness and it becomes night, In which all the beasts of the forest prowl about. The young lions roar after their prey And seek their food from God. When the sun rises they withdraw And lie down in their dens. Man goes forth to his work And to his labor until evening. (20-23) And to finish the piece (letter K): Let the glory of the LORD endure forever; Let the LORD be glad in His works; I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being Bless the LORD, O my soul Praise the LORD! (31, 33, 35) All Scripture passages are taken from the New American Standard Bible translation.


Suggested Setup

* Total Sound System (6”) by Remo - Could be substituted by firecracker snare drum or similar

STICKS REQUIRED: -Double-sided "swizzle" sticks -Retractable wire brushes

  = rim shot

sh

la

sp

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cr

cr

hi

m ed

siz zle

gh



hi

 w



lo

m to



hi

-h

WT = wood tip FT = felt tip

m ed

TS

S

ol cc

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it

sn o

om .t



pi

lo



m ed

to

m

w

k kic



cymbals

bongos

om

ar

e

Notation Key

   = slight accent  = peak of crescendo


Level: Difficult Approximate playing time: 8:00

Psalm 104                 

1 WT

ff

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Slowly, Reverently

             

With Energy

  3 3           

 

 



WT

3

p

più f

Brian Blume

    3 3         

w/ tips

FT mf

p

p

accel. WT                               3 3 FT FT

cresc.

WT & FT

(q=e)

9

                              L

L

WT

L

R

R

R

R

fast!

Powerfully q = ca. 116                                             

15

(q = 180)

R

R

L

L

R

L

L

R

R

L

R

L

R

R

L

L

R

L

R

L

ff

                                                         A

21

        

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                          ff

                                                          

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p

R R

f

L

© 2009 Tapspace Publications LLC (ASCAP), Portland, Oregon. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Printed in USA.


Psalm 104 - Blume

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                                                         p

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                    

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f

f

                               5 5:6

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f mp

    

                                      

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mp

f

mp

f

7:6

B

                                                           

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L R R R R R

f

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mp

                                                     

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  L

                   6

6

6

L

L

f

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

      7:6

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Psalm 104 - Blume

6

C                         

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10:8                              5 5

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R R

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  R

R

on bell

                      

                               

58

R L

L L

f

D

                                      

f

                             

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f

p

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                             p

                                                                               

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cresc.

E 68

 

TSPCS-11

  

ff

mf                                          f


Psalm 104 - Blume

7

                                                                               

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75

F 

snares off  LH turn               WT

Flowing

mf

mf

FT

      

WT

p

          

mf

                                      FT 3 3

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R

R

R

R

R

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             1.                                  3  3 3 3 3 3 RH

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R R R L

4:3

R R R L L L R R R

L L R R L L R L

G

       3                                 3 3   ppp f

86 2.

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f

3                                             mf

90

  3                                                        f

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Psalm 104 - Blume

8

                                         3

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           

 RH turn snares on*                                                        ppp edge

102

H

SD simile (keep playing 8th notes)                               

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pp

mp

SD and kick simile mf                              

112

p



 

                                           pp

116

mp

SD simile

mf

(kick out)

        

121

p

SD fade out

Slightly Slower

rit.

                         6

mp

6

6

6

 on sides w/shoulderof stick                                

123 (echo)

pp

6

6

6

6

* Extra LH notes may be added during diminuendo if more time is needed to turn on snares.

TSPCS-11


Psalm 104 - Blume

I

Freely, not in time

   



9

     

swish with brushes - overlap slurred notes

                rit.

   

     

 



  

          

 ff

w/ butt of brush

  J

      



    

        

mp

         3

   



3

q = 170

141

          mp LH brush ad lib on heads RH w/ stick on rims (WT)

      

             

LH brush out, to WT

                                               

149

ff (accents only)

TSPCS-11


Psalm 104 - Blume

10

                   

156

                       

                                                  rit.

161

ff

mf

q = 170                                                   

165

pp

mp

                     

171

p

K

                                 

f

mf

                                                 

177

mf

                                      L

182

f

     185              TSPCS-11

                   

building!                           

 

                 


Psalm 104 - Blume

189

   

 

11

                                   molto cresc.

   

191

                                      ff

          

    

fff

TSPCS-11


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