10. Comparative Interpretative Analysis of David Mancini’s Work Suite for Solo Drumset and Percussion Ensemble

Constantin Stavrat 1
  • 1 “George Enescu” National University of Arts from Iaşi, , Romania


The endless possibilities of expression that jazz has developed over the last hundreds of years could not only influence the composers, but also the performers who dedicated themselves to the fascinating and complex field of percussion. One of the percussion players who has been influenced by this genre is David Mancini, whose conposition I chose for comparative analysis - Suite for solo drum and percussion ensemble in the interpretation of two percussion ensembles Vibraslap and Guiro, whose activity was perpetuated due to enthusiasm and the professionalism of the two mentors of the respective groups, professors Marian Vaida and Bedo Gabor, both perfected within the percussion class of the Conservatory of Music “George Enescu” in Iasi Romania, founded and led for more than half a century by the renowned professor Florian Simion. Two totally different interpretations of David Mancini’s work - Suite for solo drums and percussion ensemble, each with a few moments of success, but also with the need to perfect many elements of technique and interpretive design.

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