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Young people have a more open ear to the new worlds of sound than their elders. Conditioning that says: “music is this and not something else” has not yet taken hold of them.

This is why it seems indispensible to us that we must open up a space for tomorrow’s musicians and music lovers where they can be offered amazing sounds and new ways of making and hearing the music of today. In this page we will propose ways that young students can discover new musical pieces with easily accessible percussion instruments.

Jeux Sonores (Sound Games)

By Robert Léonard, UNMUS, Musigraphe and Éditions Gallimard.

This work offers musical pieces that can be played by non-musicians. The scores allow for exploration of different facets of sound and rhythm through simple and approachable codes.

Champs (Fields)

By Brian Denis and Howard Shempton, Universal Edition.

Fields is the sound image of a field caressed by a light breeze.” Chimes, bells, rhombus and maracas, are used in a score with 10 sections. Each one indicates the instrumentation to follow. Fields focuses especially on active listening among the participants.

Carrés rythmiques (Rhythmic Squares)

By Brian Dennis, Universal Edition.

This is a sort of magic square that follows the form of a canon for a non-resonant percussion instrument.

Avec Élan (With Momentum)

By Alan Brett, Universal Edition

This score uses codes inspired by Morse code and allows an easy approach to playing polyrhythms and canons.

Jeux à douze (Games for Twelve)

This is a piece for maracas and claves providing an initiation to the spatialization of sound. It develops group listening that is related to the actions of each instrumental performer.

Geographical Fugue

By Ernst Toch, Toronto Emerging Music Inc.

This is a choir of four spoken rhythmic voices in the form of a fugue that uses the names of countries of the world.

Voyage en France (Voyage in France)

By Emmanuel Séjourne, Édition Henry Lemoine.

Much like the previous approach, this spoken rhythmic piece plays on the names of French cities.

Le compte est bon; Le compte est toujours bon (It adds up; It still adds up)

By Jean-Pierre Frouet, Édition Mômeludies.

These pieces make possible the discovery of musical theatre by taking into account the physical movements of the instrumentalists.


By Carlo Rizzo, Édition Mômeludies.

Tammuriata is a score that puts in play a dialogue between two groups of percussions. Carlo Rizzo, a tambourine player, uses a style that goes back to the sources of traditional music.

But what about the noise of crumpling

By John Cage, Peters Edtion.

This is music where papers, water, wood, metal and glass are brought into a musical creation. Each player follows his or her own beat while still listening to the other participants so that continuous soundtracks are established.

Living Room Music

By John Cage, Peters Edition.

Music for four players who talk and play on everyday objects such as magazines, tables, books, window frames and percussion instruments. This piece uses polyrhythms to provide a dramatization of the sounds of daily life.

Clapping Music

By Steve Reich, Universal Edition.

This piece for hand clapping is made up of repetitive rhythmic cells. There are several versions, either in traditional musical notation or drawings with symbols that permit easier access for non-musicians.

Music for Pieces of Wood

By Steve Reich, Universal Edition

Here is a work for tuned claves in five parts that emphasizes a minimalist and repetitive musical approach.

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