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Dimensions of a Dream

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Genre: Percussion Ensemble
# of Players: 9
Level: Medium | Duration: 6:45
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2011

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    Scored for a large percussion ensemble, Dimensions of a Dream travels through several moods one might experience during trying times, including sections titled Solemn, Chaos, Mourning and Acceptance.

    Genre: Percussion Ensemble | # of Players: 9
    Level: Medium | Duration: 6:45

    Instrumentation
    Percussion 1 (4-octave Marimba, Triangle, 3 Concert Toms)
    Percussion 2 (4-octave Marimba, 1 Concert Tom, Suspended Cymbal)
    Percussion 3 (5-octave Marimba, Snare Drum)
    Percussion 4 (5-octave Marimba, 3 Concert Toms)
    Percussion 5 (Vibraphone, 2 Concert Toms)
    Percussion 6 (Vibraphone, Snare Drum
    Percussion 7 (Xylophone, Chimes, Snare Drum)
    Percussion 8 (4 Timpani)
    Percussion 9 (Bass Drum, Tam-Tam, Suspended Cymbal)

    *Toms should be graduated from highest to lowest, Percussion 1 having the highest and Percussion 5 having the lowest.

    ** 5 bass bows are needed to perform this work.

    Program Notes
    Dimensions of a Dream was commissioned for the University of Texas at Arlington percussion ensemble by Dr. Michael Varner, Associate Professor of Percussion. The form of the piece is ABAC. The piece begins with a "Solemn" tune achieved through the use of both wooden and metallic percussion instruments. These instruments can be bowed to allow for a series of long overtones to express the overall mood of the piece. During the "Chaos" section, the bass marimbas lead with an ostinato pattern along with the rest of the instruments to create tension and a fast driving melody. The melody in the B section is a variation of that in the A section, only modulated, and at a faster tempo. During the "Mourning" section, the bowing is repeated to instill the feeling of loss. The piece then accelerates to culminate in the finale, which is embodied by the "Acceptance" section. The C section, ["Acceptance"] is at a fast, driving pace relative to the B section and is also composed in a minimalistic fashion. Unlike minimalism, which grows organically, the piece simply fades away, ending the same way it began. Dimensions of a Dream is dedicated to my beautiful baby sister Hallie Jacqueline Martinez, and represents the struggles our family had to endure. But thanks to her, we can put away the old memories and happily make new ones.

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    • Dimensions of a Dream (percussion ensemble) by Jesus Martinez

      Performed by the University of Texas-Arlington Percussion Ensemble, directed by Michael Varner Published by C. Alan Publications (www.c-alanpublications.com) Scored for a large percussion ensemble, "Dimensions of a Dream" travels through several moods one might experience during trying times, including sections titled Solemn, Chaos, Mourning and Acceptance. Instrumentation: Percussion 1 (4-octave Marimba, Triangle, 3 Concert Toms) Percussion 2 (4-octave Marimba, 1 Concert Tom, Suspended Cymbal) Percussion 3 (5-octave Marimba, Snare Drum) Percussion 4 (5-octave Marimba, 3 Concert Toms) Percussion 5 (Vibraphone, 2 Concert Toms) Percussion 6 (Vibraphone, Snare Drum) Percussion 7 (Xylophone, Chimes, Snare Drum) Percussion 8 (4 Timpani) Percussion 9 (Bass Drum, Tam-Tam, Suspended Cymbal) *Toms should be graduated from highest to lowest, Percussion 1 having the highest and Percussion 5 having the lowest. ** 5 bass bows are needed to perform this work.
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