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Hold Fast

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Genre: Percussion Ensemble
# of Players: 10
Level: Medium Difficult | Duration: 6:30
Publisher: C. Alan Publications

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    A challenge to the listener to "hold fast" to the underlying rhythmic pulse established in the first sections of this work. Each section highlights different combinations of the wood and metal instruments as the pulse grows indistinct and is eventually lost. Suddenly, all players are caught up in a surge of power led by the timpanist. Driving rhythms force the music toward the climax as the ensemble revels in the restored pulse.

    Genre: Percussion Ensemble | # of Players: 10
    Level: Medium Difficult | Duration: 6:30

    Instrumentation
    Player 1 (Bells)
    Player 2 (Chimes)
    Player 3 (Vibraphone)
    Player 4 (Xylophone)
    Player 5 (4,3-oct Marimba)
    Player 6 (4.3-oct Marimba)
    Player 7 (4.3-oct Marimba)
    Player 8 (5-oct Marimba)
    Player 9 (4 Timpani)
    Player 10 (Triangle, Suspended Cymbal, Bass Drum)

    Program Notes
    The title Hold Fast is literally a challenge to the listener to "hold fast" to the underlying rhythmic pulse established in the first sections of the work. This pulse is slowly usurped by changing meters and unequal divisions of the measures. Each section highlights different combinations of the wood and metal instruments. The pulse grows indistinct and is eventually lost. Finally, the music retreats in energy and volume as the players of the xylophone, vibraphone, and one marimba attempt to reestablish the pulse. Rolled chords by the remaining marimbists echo the initial harmonies of the work. Suddenly, all players are caught up in a surge of power led by the timpanist. The driving rhythms force the music toward the climax as the ensemble revels in the restored pulse.

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    • Hold Fast (percussion ensemble) by Casey McClure

      Performed by the UT-Arlington Percussion Ensemble Published by C. Alan Publications (www.c-alanpublications.com) A challenge to the listener to "hold fast" to the underlying rhythmic pulse established in the first sections of this work. Each section highlights different combinations of the wood and metal instruments as the pulse grows indistinct and is eventually lost. Suddenly, all players are caught up in a surge of power led by the timpanist. Driving rhythms force the music toward the climax as the ensemble revels in the restored pulse. Instrumentation: Player 1 (Bells) Player 2 (Chimes) Player 3 (Vibraphone) Player 4 (Xylophone) Player 5 (4,3-oct Marimba) Player 6 (4.3-oct Marimba) Player 7 (4.3-oct Marimba) Player 8 (5-oct Marimba) Player 9 (4 Timpani) Player 10 (Triangle, Suspended Cymbal, Bass Drum)
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