(For Percussion Ensemble). By Jim Casella. For Glockenspiel, xylophone, 2 vibraphones (with bows and mallets), two marimbas (low A), standard set of 4 timpani, piano, chimes, waterphone (or bowed music stand), 2 suspended cymbals, triangle, 2 cowbells, finger cymbals, temple blocks, military drum, tam t (15 players). This edition: Percussion ensemble. Concert Percussion Ensembles. Medium-Advanced. Folio parts on CD-Rom. 16 pages. Duration 4:00. Published by Tapspace Publications
Dystopia was composed by Jim Casella to imitate a tense, action-packed, horror movie soundtrack within the percussion ensemble setting. Using a fairly large instrumentation (including piano), some interesting textures are achieved by way of bowed instruments (waterphone, tam tam, vibraphone) and gutteral, groaning bass drum effects. Frequent use of tight intervals and dissonant melodies add to the tension driven by a syncopated ostinato in 5/4.
Essentially, this is program music designed to take listeners on a journey of their own images. There isn't a literal story being told here, but its structure takes us from quiet mystery to suspenseful pursuit, then action-based escape. These dramatic elements will allow each performer and listener to choose his or her own adventure by letting the music create a scary story line of its own.
Dystopia was premiered before an enthusiastic audience at the 2008 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois.
This piece comes as a professionally printed and bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or for tablet viewing.
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