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How To Play A Minute Of News By Eugene Novotney On Snare Drum

A Minute of News: A Snare Drum Solo Inspired by a Mexican Drummer

A Minute of News is a snare drum solo composed by Eugene Novotney in 1990. It is part of The Noble Snare collection, a series of works for unaccompanied snare drum by various composers, edited by Stuart Saunders Smith.

How to Play A Minute of News by Eugene Novotney on Snare Drum

The piece was inspired by a trip that Novotney took to Mexico, where he encountered a local band and was amazed by the drummer's skill and creativity. The drummer used an old and broken snare drum and mismatched sticks, but he was able to produce a variety of sounds and rhythms, imitating a full drum set.

Novotney decided to write a piece that would capture the spirit and technique of that drummer. He used different types of sticks and mallets, as well as hand and brush techniques, to create different timbres and effects on the snare drum. He also incorporated elements of Brazilian and Afro-Cuban grooves, as well as rhythmically engaging and disengaging the snares.

The piece is challenging and expressive, requiring the performer to have a good control of dynamics, articulation, coordination, and musicality. It also requires the performer to follow a precise notation system that indicates the exact sticking and gesture for each note.

A Minute of News is a tribute to the unknown drummer who taught Novotney a lesson about poverty and creativity. It is also a showcase of the snare drum's potential as a solo instrument.

How to Download A Minute of News PDF

If you are interested in learning or performing A Minute of News by Eugene Novotney, you can download the PDF score from Scribd[^2^]. You will need to create an account or log in with your Facebook or Google account. You can also read the score online or print it out.

Alternatively, you can buy The Noble Snare collection from Sonic Art Editions[^1^]. The collection contains four volumes, each with eight pieces for snare drum by different composers. A Minute of News is in volume four. You can order the collection online or find it in your local music store.


  • Novotney â A Minute of News The BoCo Percussion Database

  • A Minute of News - Eugene Novotney PDF PDF - Scribd

Who is Eugene Novotney?

Eugene Novotney is a professor of music and the director of percussion studies at Humboldt State University in California. He is also a founder and coordinator of the Percussion in World Music program for the California State University Summer Arts Program. He has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music Degree and Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Illinois, with emphasis in Percussion, Composition, and Ethnomusicology[^1^].

Novotney is an internationally recognized percussionist and composer, who has performed and presented lectures and master classes in North America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He has studied various percussion traditions from around the world, such as Dagara xylophone music from Ghana, Ewe drumming from Ghana, Brazilian percussion from Brazil, Afro-Cuban percussion from Cuba, and steelpan music from Trinidad[^1^] [^2^]. He has also composed several works for percussion solo and ensemble, such as A Minute of News (1990), The Great Wall (1994), The Noble Snare (1995), The Whole Toy Laid Down (1998), and The Conundrum (2000)[^3^].

What is The Noble Snare Collection?

The Noble Snare is a collection of works for unaccompanied snare drum by various composers, edited by Stuart Saunders Smith. The collection consists of four volumes, each containing eight pieces. The pieces range from one to twenty minutes in duration, and explore different aspects of snare drum technique, notation, expression, and musicality. The collection was published by Sonic Art Editions between 1988 and 1995.

The Noble Snare aims to elevate the snare drum as a solo instrument and to challenge the conventional notions of snare drum performance. The pieces in the collection are diverse in style, form, and difficulty, reflecting the different backgrounds and perspectives of the composers. Some of the composers include Stuart Saunders Smith, James Tenney, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Christian Wolff, David Lang, Michael Colgrass, John Luther Adams, Christopher Deane, Kevin Volans, and Eugene Novotney[^1^].


  • Eugene Novotney Music - Humboldt State University

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