Fracture tackles the weighty subject of childhood abuse in this moving work for percussion ensemble. Beginning with carefree, idyllic simplicity and segueing into places with dark, sharp edges, Archer paints a vivid & powerful soundscape.
Genre: Percussion Ensemble | # of Players: 9 + piano
Level: Medium | Duration: 7:00
Bells, Brake Drum, Bell Tree
Crotales, Bass Drum, Woodblock
Marimba 1 (4-octave)
Marimba 2 (4-octave)
Percussion (Tam_Tam, Field Drum, Triangle)
Fracture was commissioned by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Percussion Ensemble, Dr. Tammy Fisher, director & the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Tony Falcone, conductor.
Most of us recall our childhood in a comfortably hazy, idyllic light, as a time of carefree simplicity. However, I was recently struck by a friend’s admission of having abruptly recovered memories of childhood abuse. What must this be like? Those long-held pastel images suddenly have to be integrated and reconciled with darkness and sharp edges. It occurred to me that while this is horrible, it is perhaps not so different from the common human experience of a traumatic accident, illness, death, or other life-changing event. For all of us, once our world is fractured, who we are and what we thought we knew can never be the same again.
- Kim Archer