Hold on to your sticks! Scored for “seven sound sources” and written and premiered by Steven Schick, Bone Alphabet by Brian Ferneyhough is one of the most difficult percussion solos ever written. In this video, Brian Ferneyhough talks about the first couple of measures of Bone Alphabet.

Has anyone played Bone Alphabet? Leave your thoughts and comments below.

For more information about Bone Alphabet, check out the program notes on Edition Peters website. For a full performance of Bone Alphabet, check out Ross Karre’s performance on YouTube:

Dave Gerhart

Dr. Dave Gerhart, Product Manager, Percussion for Yamaha Corporation of America and Lecturer of Percussion at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU, Long Beach, is a nationally recognized performer, composer, and educator. Dr. Gerhart, originally from Fairfield, California, holds a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California, M.M. in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Conducting and a B.M. in Music Education from California State University, Long Beach.
Dave Gerhart

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