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Composer: Heng LIU

Instrument: Snare Drum

Level: Advanced

Published: 2023

Price: €16.00

Item details

  • Description +
    • TOUR, is commissioned by SZPA (Shenzhen Percussion Association), for 2023 Shenzhen Percussion Competition. This piece was written during the tour of NCPA Orchestra.

      Because of the dreams, we bravely set outthe TOUR, is not for the destination, but to enjoy the pleasure and treasure of the journey.

  • Instrumentation +
    • Snare Drum

  • About the composer +
    • Heng LIU is the principal percussion of the China National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra, executive director of China Percussion Association, artist of MEINL Percussion, MEINL Cymbals, Innovative Percussion, Marimba One, and Remo.

      Liu studied percussion from childhood with his father Yaguang LIU, professor of percussion at Xi 'an Conservatory of Music. In 2005, Liu was admitted to the Central Conservatory of Music. He studied with professor Gang LIU and professor Biao LI successively and obtained bachelor's and master's degrees. By the time he was 18, Liu had won the first prize in the National Youth Percussion Competition. Liu was a percussion jury of the Italian International Percussion Competition, where he also held master classes and special concerts. He also judges the annual International Network Percussion Competition and National Youth Percussion Competition.

      Between 2017 to 2019, Liu embarked on his improvisation and interactive percussion concert "Give me one hour" tour. The tour hit many major Chinese cities including Tianqiao Art Center in Beijing, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Xi 'An concert hall, Shijiazhuang Center for the Performing Arts, etc. Liu performed entirely improvised sets based on interaction with the audience, bringing concertgoers a brand new musical experience.

      So far, Liu has published two albums: Percussion Visionary --Heng LIU Percussion Concert and DRUMS, an original album released by "Hei Chao" Duo with renowned drummer Yanchao LI. He also writes a personal column Heng LIU Said in music weekly.

As a percussionist, Liu has traveled to various music festivals around the world. These include: Italian International Percussion Competition and Festival, Greek International Percussion Competition and Festival, NCPA International Percussion Festival, Beijing International Electronic Music Festival, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Jazz Shanghai Music Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, MIDI Festival and so on.

      In the meanwhile, Liu has created more than 30 works, including percussion ensemble piece "The General", "Memory", "Face2Face", percussion and electronic music "Delay", "Percumotion", percussion solo "Rain the Blind Monk", "Wild LEO ", "Poem" and many more. In 2016, his Chinese Traditional Percussion solo piece "Gazing on Mountain TAI" won the 1st prize of China Traditional Music Festival - CCOM ethnic Percussion works collection competition.

      In 2019, Heng LIU won "Best Work Awards" and "Best All-round Percussionist" of 2019 Drummmer's Ceremony.

  • Reviews +
    • Review (Percussive Notes, June 2024)

      Composed in 2023, this unaccompanied snare drum solo provides the performer with a diversity of challenging styles — from orchestral snare drumming to elements of rudimental style. “Tour” was commissioned by the Schenzhen Association. Opening with snares off, the work showcases the snare drummer with contrasts in dynamics from forte to pianissimo and from multiple-bounced rolls to single-stroke rolls contrasted with doublestroke passages. Metric diversities range from conventional 4/4 to 3/4 to 10/16 and 9/8.

      A smooth transition returning to “snares on” at measure 63 provides an opportunity for gradual crescendo and a change in timbre. Metric and dynamic control are necessary components to a successful performance. This snare drum solo would make a fresh selection for the intermediate to advanced snare drummer.

      —Jim Lambert

  • Credits +
    • Front Cover graphics and layout: Nicola Lee
      Photo: NCPA Orchestra
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