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Critical Mass

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Genre: Percussion Ensemble
# of Players: 12
Level: Medium Difficult | Duration: 10:45
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2012

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    In nuclear physics, the term “critical mass” refers to the smallest amount of fissile material needed for a sustained nuclear chain reaction. Critical Mass for 12 player percussion ensemble portrays this idea as it gains, and at times loses its ability to sustain itself over the course of the piece. Just as critical mass and a stable momentum seem to have been finally achieved in the final portion of the piece, the ensemble struggles to remain in control and finds catastrophe imminent...

    Genre: Percussion Ensemble | # of Players: 12
    Level: Medium Difficult | Duration: 10:45

    Instrumentation
    Crotales & Bells
    Chimes & Xylophone
    Vibraphone 1
    Vibraphone 2
    Marimba 1 (4.3-octave)
    Marimba 2 (4.3-octave)
    Marimba 3 (4.5-octave, opt. 5-octave) & Suspended Cymbal
    Marimba 4 (5-octave) & China Cymbal
    Timpani
    Percussion 1 (Medium Suspended Cymbal, Ride Cymbal, Snare Drum, 4 Concert Toms)
    Percussion 2 (Triangle, Wind Chimes, 2 Suspended Cymbals (high & low), Tam-Tam (higher pitch)
    Percussion 3 (Brake Drum, Sound Plate, Tam-Tam (lower pitch), Kick Bass Drum (laid flat), Concert Bass Drum)

    Program Notes
    In nuclear physics, the term “critical mass” refers to the smallest amount of fissile material needed for a sustained nuclear chain reaction. The term is also broadly used in a number of fields from business to socioeconomics to software development to encapsulate similar notions, usually in regards to the stage at which a process becomes self-sustaining. Critical Mass for 12 player percussion ensemble portrays this idea as it gains, and at times loses its ability to sustain itself over the course of the piece’s three sections. Just as critical mass and a stable momentum seem to have been finally achieved in the final portion of the piece, the ensemble struggles to remain in control and finds catastrophe imminent...

  • Video

    • Critical Mass by Matt Moore

      TCU Percussion Orchestra performing the world premiere of "Critical Mass" by Matt Moore (www.MattMoorePercussion) on 4-4-2012.
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