Triplet craziness

Our guitar ensemble became adventurous recently and began rehearsing a piece by Nikolai Koshkin entitled Changing of the Guard. (There are a couple of performances on YouTube if you care to search on those parameters.)

It's a very 20th century style of composition with lots of dissonance and out of kilter rhythms. (Or are they? It's a somewhat "Don't adjust your set" situation, anyway ...) The dirtiest part from a playing point of view is where he (Koshkin) sets up crotchet triplets over straight crotchets (which is tricky but not unusual) and then introduces straight quavers on top of that and again, a couple of bars on, puts quaver triplets on top of the lot. Bastard! The following pic shows an extract:

Image of several bars of Koshkin score

There was some consternation at rehearsal, and several theories of how best to count it became airborne, before variously going up the chimney, falling to the floor, flying out the window etc. Personally I was pretty intimidated and kept my head down. But with the help of Sibelius (wonderful music scoring program) I believe I've got it fugired - and I'm keen to share.

I've reduced it to a few bars of drums which you can play on the Scorch Demo page.

You do need the Sibelius Scorch plug-in however - if you can't see the score, get the Sibelius Scorch plug-in here.


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