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Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 4 | Duration: 3:20
Publisher: C. Alan Publications

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    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

    Flute 1/2
    Oboe 1/2
    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
    (Baritone T.C.)

    Timpani (4 drums)
    Percussion 1 (chimes, xylophone)
    Percussion 2 (snare drum, bass drum
    Percussion 3 (suspended cymbal, crash cymbals)

    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.

    - Kimberly K. Archer

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