Nine musical caricatures of such differing personalities as Salvador Dali and Sammy Davis Jr, give Caricatures III a variety of character that accentuates the unique composition of each movement.
Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
Level: 5 | Duration: 32:10
Flute 3 (doubling piccolo)
Bb Clarinet 1
Bb Clarinet 2
Bb Clarinet 3
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Trumpet 1
Bb Trumpet 2
Bb Trumpet 3
F Horn 1
F Horn 2
F Horn 3
F Horn 4
Percussion 1 (xylophone 1, congas)
Percussion 2 (xylophone 2, vibraphone, claves, temple blocks, log drum)
Percussion 3 (vibraphone, mounted castanets, tam-tam)
Percussion 4 (marimba, mounted castanets, xylophone 2, triangle)
Percussion 5 (orchestra bells, timpani, hi-hat, triangle)
Percussion 6 (mounted castanets, congas, triangle, 4 suspended cymbals, Japanese temple bell, tam-tam, bongos, temple blocks, orchestra bells, chimes, xylophone 2)
Percussion 7 (mounted castanets, log drum, tam-tam)
1. Salvador Dali – The Persistence of Memory
With surfaces as smooth as shellac and images set down with photographic clarity, Dali brought a sense of reality to his bizarre and irrational dreamscapes. One of the best known of these, The Persistence of Memory, displays several limp timepieces in the foreground with a desert and lake in the background.
2. Sammy Davis, Jr. - ShowTime
The diminutive Sammy was a giant in the world of show business. Of his many talents, the one that delighted me the most was his tap dancing.
3. Gertrude Stein – Pigeons on the grass alas
Gertrude was a master of nonsensical verse and stream of consciousness word sculptures. She could turn a phrase like no one else.
4. Stephen King – All work and no play make Jack a dull boy
As Stanley Kubrick’s film version of Stephen King’s novel The Shining approaches its spine tingling climax, Wendy Torrance discovers that her demented writer husband, Jack, has filled hundreds of sheets of typing paper with the maxim All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.
5. Marcel Duchamp – Readymade
Marcel Duchamp anticipated pop art with his readymade sculptures. Two of my favorites are Rotary Demisphere and Bicycle Wheel.
6. Felix Mendelssohn – Scherzo
“Music that dances on its tiptoes,” that’s how I describe Mendelssohn’s scherzo music.
7. Kurt Vonnegut – Breakfast of Champions
Listen: It was the imaginary waitress at the imaginary cocktail lounge at the imaginary Holiday Inn who joked, “Breakfast of Champions” every time she served a martini.
8. Alexander Calder – Forms in Motion
Alexander Calder created ingenious and fanciful sculptures. Most famous perhaps are his floating airy mobiles. The artist also produced large immobile sculptures for parks, gardens, and public buildings called stabiles. My musical tribute to Calder is a sequence of five sound sculptures titled Forms in Motion.
9. Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Bumblebee
Rimsky-Korsakov, composer of operas, ballets, and tone poems, is best remembered today for a handful of colorful works, each characterized by brilliant orchestration. Among these is the diminutive Flight of the Bumblebee. My tribute to Rimsky is simply titled Bumblebee.