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Lost, The

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Genre: Percussion Ensemble
# of Players: 11
Level: Medium | Duration: 8:00
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2006

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    A large work for percussion ensemble. The two main components are a sextuplet-based processional theme, and a lighthearted mixed-meter swing theme. Woven throughout the piece is an ostinato the first appears as a timpani solo, and then reprises on various other instruments in different forms and contexts throughout the piece.

    Genre: Percussion Ensemble | # of Players: 11
    Level: Medium | Duration: 8:00

    Instrumentation
    Player 1 – Bells, Chimes, Low Tom, Maracas
    Player 2 – Xylophone, Chimes, Low Tom
    Player 3 – Vibraphone, Temple Blocks, China Cymbal
    Player 4 – Vibraphone, Claves, Brake Drum
    Player 5 – Marimba, Suspended Cymbal
    Player 6 – Marimba (can share with Player 7)
    Player 7 – Marimba (can share with Player 6)
    Player 8 – Timpani
    Player 9 – Tam Tam, Suspended Cymbal, Finger Cymbals, Three Toms, Brake Drum, Rain Stick, Tambourine
    Player 10 – Crotales, Bass Drum, Guiro, Large Triangle, Cabasa, Bongos
    Player 11 – Drum Set

    Program Notes
    I’ve always been a big fan of the “large” percussion ensemble, and this piece is no exception being scored for 11 players and enough instruments to fill a stage. The two main components are a sextuplet-based processional theme, and a light-hearted mixed-meter swing theme. Woven throughout the piece is an ostinato that first appears as a timpani solo, and then reprises on various other instruments in different forms and contexts throughout the piece (listen for it on keyboards during the swing section). I tend not to write music about a specific event or thing. Most of my compositions are inspired more by general concepts of emotion and mood. The processional theme tries to capture a feeling of searching in desperation—of dark forces in slow deliberate pursuit of those who would evade capture. The melody is based upon the notes of G, C-sharp, and D (one, sharp-four, and five). The use of sharp-fourths in the melodic structure here adds tension and the minor key gives it a dark feeling. The running sextuplets add energy. The swing themes, while much more light-hearted, have somewhat of an off-balance feel through the use of mixed-meter grooves. I am fond of “tight” harmonies, so here I used chords based on a one-two-five structure. The use of the 2nd in the chord structure (instead of the 3rd) along with added dissonant tones provides more melodic tension. A vibes duet during the swing section is in a “question-and-answer” style that evokes a calling between two individuals —perhaps separated by a great distance and seeking each other. Drums, featured later, add something of a tribal flavor. The mixed meter continues the off-balanced feel, while the increased sonic levels add excitement. A quiet keyboards-only ballad near the end incorporates both the use of sharp-fourths and seconds melodically, but in a much different atmosphere. It represents a feeling of quiet loneliness or solitude. So, you have: desperation, darkness, tension, energy, an off-balance feeling, a calling, excitement, and loneliness. I hope you enjoy it. —Andrew Stout

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    • The Lost (percussion ensemble) by Andrew Stout

      Performed by the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Percussion Ensemble, directed by Vicki Jenks Published by C. Alan Publications (www.c-alanpublications.com) A large work for percussion ensemble. The two main components are a sextuplet-based processional theme, and a lighthearted mixed meter swing theme. Woven throughout the piece is an ostinato the first appears as a timpani solo, and then reprises on various other instruments in different forms and contexts throughout the piece. Instrumentation: Player 1 -- Bells, Chimes, Low Tom, Maracas Player 2 -- Xylophone, Chimes, Low Tom Player 3 -- Vibraphone, Temple Blocks, China Cymbal Player 4 -- Vibraphone, Claves, Brake Drum Player 5 -- Marimba, Suspended Cymbal Player 6 -- Marimba (can share with Player 7) Player 7 -- Marimba (can share with Player 6) Player 8 -- Timpani Player 9 -- Tam Tam, Suspended Cymbal, Finger Cymbals, Three Toms, Brake Drum, Rain Stick, Tambourine Player 10 -- Crotales, Bass Drum, Guiro, Large Triangle, Cabasa, Bongos Player 11 -- Drum Set
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