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Pedal to the Metal (Band Gr. 4)

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Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 4 | Duration: 2:45
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2018

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    Pedal to the Metal is an English phrase meaning “hurry up” (as in the analogy of pressing the car accelerator to the metal floor). The phrase also means working diligently and efficiently to get something important done. It is the latter meaning that inspired this work. However, “metal” has significant importance since metallic instruments (hanging metal plates and the brake drum) play a prominent role in the orchestration.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 4 | Duration: 2:45

    Instrumentation
    Flute 1
    Flute 2
    Oboe
    Bassoon
    B-flat Clarinet 1
    B-flat Clarinet 2
    B-flat Clarinet 3
    Bass Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone 1
    Alto Saxophone 2
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    B-flat Trumpet 1
    B-flat Trumpet 2
    B-flat Trumpet 3
    F Horn 1
    F Horn 2
    Trombone 1
    Trombone 2
    Euphonium
    Baritone T.C.
    Tuba

    Timpani (3 drums)
    Percussion 1: Xylophone
    Percussion 2: Brake Drum, Ratchet
    Percussion 3: Slapstick, Bells, Crash Cymbals
    Percussion 4: Hi-Hat, Snare Drum, 2 Hanging Metal Plates
    Percussion 5: 4 Tom-Toms
    Percussion 6: Bass Drum, Tam-Tam, Suspended Cymbal

    Program Notes
    Pedal to the Metal is an English phrase meaning “hurry up” (as in the analogy of pressing the car accelerator to the metal floor). The phrase also means working diligently and efficiently to get something important done. It is the latter meaning that inspired this work. However, “metal” has significant importance since metallic instruments (hanging metal plates and the brake drum) play a prominent role in the orchestration. The progression of the piece is all about starting with a small idea that is elaborated upon until it becomes the all-important “finished product.” All of this happening within the energetic atmosphere of a fast tempo in 6/8 meter. The piece begins with a full percussion palette and the prominent sound of the brake drum. A fragmentary theme in G-minor is heard in the beginning of the piece.

    The theme is simply repeated, and following two repetitions of a descending and sustained D-Phrygian scale, the flutes and clarinets elaborate on the theme against a long sustained chorale-like motive in the brass.

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