Orchestral Percussion

"half snares"

  • 1.  "half snares"

    Posted 07-24-2014 10:36
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    I recently had a theory/comp colleague ask me about the term "Half Snares" in Robert R. Bennents  "Victory at Sea".   This was the first time I've seen this instruction.  I interpreted this as keeping the strainer half way on/off, but was curious if anyone else has further information regarding this notation, or what the historical execution might have been during that time period.

    Thanks for any info!
    TW

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    Tobie Wilkinson, President
    Wisconsin Chapter PAS
    Senior Lecturer of Music/Percussion
    UW-Whitewater
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  • 2.  RE: "half snares"

    Posted 07-28-2014 15:18
    Hi Tobie,
    Without the part in front of me here is my recollection about "Victory at Sea." I think the opening snare roll indicates something about "waves," as if the drum and orchestra are simulating large swells of water on the ocean. I think there is also a muffled drum part. In traditional military drumming muffled means snares off. (the sound of a funeral drum) I don't recall where the part says "half snares," but it is likely a special effect since the music is a descriptive background soundtrack written for TV.

    Hope that helps.

    jrb

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    John R. Beck
    PAS - President
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