Featured Composition: Sonata for Percussion (large ensemble) by Joseph Pastor

Joseph Pastor’s Sonata for Percussion for large percussion ensemble is a lyrical, twenty-minute work in three movements. The score calls for 10 players: 4 mallet players, 4 auxiliary percussionists, a timpanist, and a piano player. The first movement bounces seamlessly between a march-feel and a 12/8 swing/jazzy groove. The second movement utilizes a melodic adagio melody that floats above soft cymbal accompaniment. The work concludes with a flying third movement that features riveting chromatic lines and a dramatic finale. This harmonic work of percussion ensemble literature is great for college and professional ensembles and advanced high school groups. For audio samples from each movement, click HERE.