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Percussion Perspectives, Mvt. I

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Genre: Solo Percussion Section with Band
# of Players: Standard + 6
Level: 4 | Duration: 4:10
Publisher: G & M Brand | Copyright: 2007

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    Give the percussion section a workout with Stuart Johnson's Percussion Perspectives I. Very accessible yet dramatic piece.

    Genre: Solo Percussion Section with Band | # of Players: Standard + 6
    Level: 4 | Duration: 4:10

    Instrumentation
    Flute 1
    Flute 2
    Flute 3/Piccolo
    Oboe
    Eb Clarinet
    Bb Clarinet 1
    Bb Clarinet 2
    Bb Clarinet 3
    Eb Alto Clarinet*
    Bb Bass Clarinet*
    Bassoon

    Eb Alto Saxophone 1
    Eb Alto Saxophone 2*
    Bb Tenor Saxophone
    Eb Baritone Saxophone*

    Bb Cornet 1
    Bb Cornet 2
    Bb Trumpet 1
    Bb Trumpet 2
    Bb Trumpet 3
    F Horn 1
    F Horn 2
    F Horn 3
    F Horn 4*
    Trombone 1
    Trombone 2*
    Trombone 3
    Euphonium
    (TC Baritone)
    Tuba

    Percussion 1
    Percussion 2
    Timpani

    Percussion Instruments used:
    4 Timpani
    Drum kit (including bass drum, side drum, high hat, tom toms)
    Bongos
    Cymbals
    Tam tam (use large cymbal if not available)
    Xylophone (cued, so possible to perform without, but highly desirable)
    Glockenspiel
    Wooden agogo
    Metal agogo
    Tambourine
    Woodblocks or skulls
    Castanets
    Claves
    Vibraslap
    Bell Tree
    Rain shaker
    Resi resi (fish scraper)

    Parts marked with as asterisk (*) are NOT ESSENTIAL, although their presence will obviously enable a fuller realization of the composer's intentions to be achieved.

    Program Notes
    Though not without opportunities for displays of virtuosity, this work is not a concerto. In fact, Percussion Perspectives I is the first movement of a three-movement suite for wind orchestra which features percussion, although it stands on its own as a concert piece. However, unlike many percussion pieces, which tend to be lightweight in style, I have tried to provide a serious repertoire piece which happens to contain prominent parts for percussion instruments. When composing the piece I reversed my usual process of writing the music and then adding percussion parts to provide extra colour and reinforcement of rhythmic ideas. In this composition the ideas were conceived first for percussion and then translated into melody and harmony by the other instruments. In face there are several places in the score where this process is transparent, with the percussion expounding the ideas before they are taken up by the wind instruments.

    The leading roles are taken by timpani and side drum with a significant contribution from glockenspiel and xylophone. In addition to these major players a panoply of other percussion instruments are used ranging from agogos to vibraslap.

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