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Crown of Thorns

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Genre: Percussion Ensemble
# of Players: 8
Level: Difficult | Duration: 14:00
Publisher: OU Percussion Press | Copyright: 1991

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    Both contemplative and exhuberant, this popular work by David Maslanka once again demonstrates the composer's keen understanding of the boundless musical potential of the keyboard ensemble with his masterpiece Crown of Thorns. Described by the composer as a sonata form, this sixteen-minute work enjoys a refreshingly original handling of tonal harmony and soaring melodic lines that demonstrate Maslanka's sense of lyricism. This intimate and ravishing work is scored for five marimbas (including bass marimba), two vibraphones, and glockenspiel.

    Genre: Percussion Ensemble | # of Players: 8
    Level: Difficult | Duration: 14:00

    Instrumentation
    Glockenspiel
    Vibraphone I
    Vibraphone II
    Marimba I (4-octave)
    Marimba II (4.3-octave)
    Marimba III (4.3-octave)
    Marimba IV (4.3-octave)
    Bass Marimba (5-octave)

    Program Notes
    The title Crown of Thorns is an obvius reference to Christ's "Crown of Thorns," but the name first came to me as a possible title for a piece from a seeing a plant called "Crown of Thorns" at the New York Botanical Gardens. This is a rambling, thorny desert plant from the Middle East, with small, green leaves, and small, very simple and pretty red flowers. The rambling, interweaving, vine-like stems suggested music to me.

    As I meditated on the words "crown of thorns," and on the plant, and the idea of the work for keyboard percussion ensemble, the following image arose:

    a darkening sky
    seven stars are visible
    the seven-starred halo
    the golden light
    the hands of blessing

    The seven-starred halo is the crown of thorns transcended. It is the crown of highest spiritual power arrived at through the greatest depth of suffering. The imagery is Christian, but the experience transcends religion, and is universal. The music is at times sober and reflective, but is, for the most part, filled with the joy of liberation.

    About the OU Percussion Press
    In 1977 the OU Percussion Orchestra and Ensemble embarked on a project that developed into a national model for the encouragement and development of new music for percussion ensemble. The OU Percussion Ensemble Commissioning Series regularly engages outstanding composers to write works for this medium. The Commissioning Series is responsible for the creation of some of today`s staples in the percussion ensemble repertoire.

    In 1983 the University of Oklahoma funded the establishment of the OU Percussion Press, a non-profit extension of the percussion area. Through the Percussion Press, the commissioning series compositions plus other works expressly written for the OU Percussion Orchestra and Ensembles have been made available for purchase and performance by the world`s leading percussion ensembles. The Percussion Press` catalog numbers more than 50 works, all published in a non-profit venture as a service to the profession.

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    • Crown of Thorns by David Maslanka

      Performed by the University of Oklahoma Percussion Ensemble Under the direction of Dr. Lance Drege ----------------------------------- ABOUT THE PIECE: Crown of Thorns (1991) for Keyboard Percussion Ensemble Premiered 11/91 by the University of Oklahoma (Norman) Percussion ensemble, Richard Gipson, conductor. Commissioned by the University of Oklahoma Percussion Ensemble/Richard Gipson The title "Crown of Thorns" is an obvious reference to Christ's Crown of Thorns, but the name first came to me as a possible title for a piece from seeing a plant called "Crown of Thorns" at the New York Botanical Gardens. Crown of Thorns is a rambling, thorny desert plant from the Middle East, with small green leaves, and small, pretty red flowers. The rambling, interweaving, vine-like stems suggested music to me. As I meditated on the words "Crown of Thorns", and on the plant, and on the idea of a work for keyboard percussion ensemble, the following image arose: a darkening sky seven stars are visible: the seven-starred halo the golden light the hands of blessing The seven-starred halo is a transcended image of the crown of thorns. It is the crown of highest spiritual power arrived at through the greatest depth of suffering. The imagery is Christian, but the experience transcends religion, and is universal. The music is at times sober and reflective, but more often filled with a liberated energy and joy. --------------------------------- ABOUT THE OU PERCUSSION DEPARTMENT: One of the most highly acclaimed percussion programs in the United States, the Percussion Area at the OU School of Music is recognized for excellence in the areas of pedagogy, performance, recording, commissioning, and publishing. OU percussion graduates hold positions as performers and academicians throughout the country. OU's percussion program allows students to study with distinguished faculty in the field and provides students with access to a dedicated state-of-the-art facility including two large rehearsal studios, MIDI and recording facilities, and six practice rooms, and access to a comprehensive inventory of percussion instruments. FOR MORE INFO: http://music.ou.edu/index.cfm?a=percussion
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