||"Contrasts for Seven" was written by Chris Simonson in 1995. This is a work for a seven player Percussion Ensemble. The composer writes "This was my first attempt, as a teacher, to compose especially for my students. It was at a time when I needed a percussion ensemble for seven fairly solid musicians with important voices from everyone at some time during the ensemble. There are some tricky, though not terrible difficult mallet scales at a half step interval, solos in the xylophone and snare drum, rim and stick clicks. Meanwhile the final chord of the work has five of the seven in the ensemble play on the xylophone at the same time. The piece has quite a bit of humor, especially during the melodic conversation sections."