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Institutionalized - Josh Gottry [DIGITAL SCORE]


Genre: Percussion Ensemble
# of Players: 4
Level: Medium | Duration: 4:30
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2017

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    Written for cajon quartet with pedaled percussion instruments, Institutionalized is a unique and intriguing addition to the repertoire. By exploiting the many different sounds the cajon can make, Josh Gottry's piece makes a great addition to any concert!

    Genre: Percussion Ensemble | # of Players: 4
    Level: Medium | Duration: 4:30 

    Cajon 1/Hi-Hat
    Cajon 2/Cowbell
    Cajon 3/Woodblock
    Cajon 4/Bass Drum

    Program Notes
    Institutionalized was commissioned in 2016 by Dan Smithiger for the SIUE Percussion Institute Faculty. The piece is scored for four players, each utilizing one cajon and one instrument with pedal (hi-hat, cowbell, woodblock, and bass drum). Institutionalized opens with an aggressive passage for unison ensemble. Pedal bass drum and hi-hat crashes provide a bit of added impact, while the pedal cowbell and woodblock engage in a softer 7/8 dialog that contrasts the unison figures. After the opening motives are established, the work settles into a half-time groove in 3/4 time and a variety of interlocking rhythmic figures are introduced. Eventually, a 6/8 Afro-Cuban feel emerges, centering around the cajon and cowbell of player 2 and the energy and volume of the ensemble climaxes with a return to the opening unison motives. The 3/4 slower groove returns, this time deconstructing into a softer passage highlighted by use of rutes/brushes on cajon and accessory instruments. A brief reprise of the 6/8 Afro-Cuban passage again builds into a final aggressive unison statement by the ensemble.

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    • Institutionalized for cajon quartet by Josh Gottry

      Institutionalized for cajon quartet Composed by Josh Gottry on commission for Dan Smithiger and the SIUE Summer Percussion Institute Performed by the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Percussion Ensemble for more information, visit
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