Instrumentation in Copland's El Salon Mexico?
From: Louise Robinson
Sent: Thursday, 11 March 2004 2:47 PM
Hi, can you tell me what we could use instead of a gourd or a tambour de provence/long drum
(scored in Copland's El Salon Mexico). We were told a guiro and floor tom respectively. Do you agree?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thankyou.
Without researching a bit (which unfortunately I'm too busy to do at the moment) I can't tell you for sure,
because I've never performed the work and I don't really know it. An educated guess though would be that
those are pretty good recommendations. The guiros that are common in that part of the world (central / South
America) are mostly made from calabash gourds. Long drum sounds suspiciously to me like a surdo - which is
the long marching bass drums that are used in Brazilian music and in general in that part of the world.
A floor tom tuned low would be pretty close in sound - about as close as you can get without actually
having a surdo.
answers by Jim MCCarthy - 28/03/2004
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