Brian Nozny wrote the four pieces of Skeleton Key Collection to address a need in the percussion ensemble repertoire: works that could be handled by a group of players with varying experience levels in a diverse number of situations. Each piece is written with four parts, with an open-ended, flexible instrumentation list featuring broad terms like high metal, low drum, wood instrument, etc.
Not only are the works rich in texture and energy as-is, but the director or ensemble is encouraged to customize the music to fit their unique situation! Some examples of customization include: adjusting repeat structures to lengthen or shorten the piece; expanding or reducing the number of players in various sections to reflect the form of the work; changing instruments within the same family mid-piece; offering improvisation opportunities; and so on. Like a “key” that fits any lock, this book is full of educational and expressive opportunities, perfect for intermediate-level ensembles or their directors!
This product contains the following works:
Bakken Overture | Med-Easy | 2’00”
Skeleton Key | Med-Easy | 2’50”
The Floor Is Lava | Medium | 2’20”
Vince | Medium | 2’55”