in "Percussive Notes"
The Journal of the Percussive Arts Society
concerto for percussion trio and orchestra was premiered by Percussion
Group Cincinnati in 1988. The work is scored for three multiple-percussion
sets, with toms and snare drums, four keyboard instruments, and a variety
of metallic sounds such as opera gongs, cymbals, Chinese cymbals and
crotales. The composer indicates that the trio should set up in front
of the orchestra, as the drama created by the movement of the performers
is part of the overall effect of the work.
opening of this concerto, taken from the same composer's popular work
"Lift-Off," is a percussion cadenza that builds excitement
into the eventual entrance of the orchestra. The next large section
of the work features flowing lines on the vibraphones with punctuations
from gliss (opera) gongs and Chinese cymbals. The remainder of the work
is very fast, with virtuosic runs on marimba and xylophone. At one point
in the work all three players convene at the marimba playing swift lines
that cross over one another, resulting in a spectacular visual effect.
After a few more fiery keyboard licks, the tempo accelerates and the
work ends with a flurry of drums, reminiscent of the work's opening.
"The Glory and the Grandeur"
has a decidedly American feel with its
bluesy scales and popular rhythms. The skills required of the
percussionists and the theatrical thrill provided by their aerobic
movements about the stage will close any orchestral concert with
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