Kaleidoscope II for Percussion Quartet

Kaleidoscope II for Percussion Quartet

  • Composer: Misawa, Kei
  • Grade: 5
  • Duration: 4:40
  • Genre: Chamber Ensemble
  • Publisher: Brain Music
  • Item No: ENMS-84473

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Commissioned for Terada Yumi's Percussion Ensemble “Drive”. This is my first work for percussion ensemble.

Opportunities to study live percussion ensembles are spectacular at ensemble contests in Japan.

There are many educational and artistic compositions by Japanese composers nowadays. They are often mesmerizing, and this challenged me to compose something different from other contest pieces.

This composition is about rhythm. Instead of writing romantically, I based my piece on rhythmic elements, and precise accuracy brings forth the sheer excitement of this music. I aimed for the musical intensity of the famed minimalist composer Steve Reich. His unique yet extremely artistic composition is seldom considered romantic though it touches listeners’ hearts.

The title (Japanese) is based on three main materials used for our instruments: wood, hide, and metal. The music reflects the ever changing pattern of sounds from using all of these materials.
(Kei Misawa)


1st Percussion
Snare Drum
2 Wood Blocks
Kick Bass Drum
2nd Percussion
2 Cowbells
Sleigh Bells
Finger Cymbals (Small & Large)
Hi-hat Cymbal
Timpani (3)
3rd Percussion
Suspended Cymbal
4th Percussion
4 Tom-toms
Nuts Shaker