Panopticon takes you inside a 'musical' jail. Listening to the musical depiction of the inside of a prison, an escape, and the former prisoners attitude to the structure will provide an informative and musically satisfying journey for the musicians and the audience.
Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard Level: 4 | Duration: 3:20
Instrumentation Piccolo Flute 1/2 Oboe 1/2 Bassoon Clarinet in Bb 1 Clarinet in Bb 2 Clarinet in Bb 3 Bass Clarinet Alto Saxophone 1/2 Tenor Saxophone Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet in Bb 1/2 Trumpet in Bb 3 Horn in F 1/2 Trombone 1/2 Euphonium (Baritone T.C.) Tuba
Program Notes A Panopticon (literally “all-seeing”) is a Greek prison designed so that the entire interior is visible from a single vantage point. The modal flavor of the work is perhaps reminiscent of ancient Greek music, but the piece itself is meant to depict only a prison of the imagination, in any culture. There are three distinct musical gestures: imprisonment (which represents the bulk of the piece), a jail break sequence (starting at m. 64), and a nose-thumbing gesture at the end, as the escaped prisoner looks back on the panopticon from his/her newfound freedom.