for solo tabla

Paul Frehner
Paul Frehner
Composition Date: 2006
Duration: 00:11:30
Genre: Percussion, Solo / Ensemble, No Keyboard


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Ethnic percussion
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Programme Note:
Ke-te, for solo tabla When discussing this piece with Shawn Mativetsky it became clear to me that there is almost no truly solo concert repertoire for tabla. In the Indian tradition a solo tabla improvisation is usually accompanied by a melodic instrument that plays a pattern and keeps time. In his solo improvisations in a traditional Indian style Shawn often plays with harmonium as accompaniment. That being said, I decided to try to start filling the void somewhat by writing exclusively for the two drums used in traditional Indian tabla playing: the dahina and baya. On these two drums it is possible to produce a variety of sounds. These sounds are given syllabic names, similar to the Westen practice of calling notes by solfege syllables. The sounds produced by the baya are ge and ke. Those produced on the dahina are te, tin, tun, na and ra. Ke-te is formally divided into three sections. The sounds ke and te are used extensively in the first and third sections. The middle section could be called tun-na.Ke-te is composed for and is dedicated to Shawn Mativetsky. Incidentally, kete is a Moari word for a woven basket.

Premiere Information:
Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur
19 May 2006
Shawn Mativetsky, tabla


  • Call Number:
  • MI 7110 F861ke
  • Genre:
  • Percussion, Solo / Ensemble, No Keyboard
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • May 6, 2013
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (17 p.) ;
    17 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by Shawn Mativetsky
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