For percussion octet


Difficulty: Medium
Duration: 4:30

Notes from the score: Hydra is a work for eight percussionists that is inspired by the greek, serpentine-like beast of the same name. Hydra’s canonical mythology tells the story of a multiple-headed water monster that would regenerate two heads should one ever be removed. There are many allusions to the number “2” and the idea of musical regeneration throughout the piece. Also, the “hisss” of the serpent is ever present in the graduated trash metals found in each performer’s setup.

Hydra was commissioned by Chris Fauries and the Walsh Middle School Percussion Ensemble in celebration of their acceptance and performance at the 2018 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC).

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