COMPOSITIONS

 

BAROQUE SUITE

A four-movement suite of Baroque dances for intermediate timpani. 

Genre: Timpani (5 drums) | # of Players: 1 
Level: Medium | Duration: 9:50 

ENTANGLED STATES

Entangled States is a concertino for multi-percussion soloist and percussion trio. Using the concepts of quantum entanglement, the materials of music and various percussion instruments, Entangled States is a study in the nature of interaction. Each percussionist has instruments of a single family (metal, wood, or membrane), while the soloist has a mix of them all, and then some.

Genre: Solo Percussion with Percussion Ensemble | # of Players: 3 + Solo Percussion 
Level: Medium Difficult | Duration: 8:05 

FANTASIE IN A FOR MARIMBA

Fantasie in A is a marimba solo inspired by the M.C. Escher drawing Metamorphosis II. It is the metamorphosis of one musical idea into a series of other musical ideas, connected in much the same way elements of the Escher drawing are connected. One idea slowly changes into another, becomes a different part of another, or pivots around a single note, eventually leading us back to the beginning material.

Genre: Marimba (4-mallet) | # of Players: 1 
Level: Medium | Duration: 5:30 

I CHING

Commissioned by Brian A. West and the TCU Percussion Orchestra, I Ching is a set of variations for large percussion ensemble based on concepts from the ancient Chinese book of wisdom by the same name.

Genre: Percussion Ensemble | # of Players: 12 
Level: 
Medium Difficult | Duration: 7:30 

QUARTET NO. 1 IN F

Drawing inspiration from the masterful string quartets of Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert, Dwayne Rice has crafted a masterwork of his own for marimba quartet that is equal parts engaging, virtuosic, and idiomatic.

Genre: Marimba Quartet | # of Players: 4 
Level: Medium Difficult | Duration: 8:15 

SEPTET

Commissioned by the Lone Star Wind Orchestra (LSWO) Percussion Ensemble, Septet is an advanced, college level percussion ensemble for seven players. Any live performance by a group of people, whether it is music, dance, or theatre, is essentially a conversation between all those involved. In this case, it is a conversation between seven percussionists, each with his or her own culturally unique set up. 

Genre: Percussion Ensemble | # of Players: 7 
Level: Medium Difficult | Duration: 4:30 

SONATA NO. 1 FOR MARIMBA

Sonata No. 1 is a challenging four-movement work modeled after the violin sonatas and cello suites of J.S. Bach. 

Genre: Marimba (4-mallet) | # of Players: 1 
Level: Medium Difficult | Duration: 9:40 

VARIATIONS FOR SOLO FOR MARIMBA

Variations for Marimba (2005) is for the advanced marimba soloist. It is essentially a “classical” set of variations on a theme, however, the “theme” is elusive and evolves as the variations progress. Based on the compositional techniques of Béla Bartók, it is a profound tribute to the Hungarian composer and his work.

Genre: Marimba (4-mallet) | # of Players: 1 
Level: Medium Difficult | Duration: 9:30 

WARP

Commissioned by the Auburn University Percussion Ensemble, Warp is for a large-scale percussion ensemble of 11 performers with an off-stage violin or flute. When I had the idea for the piece, I imagined it accompanying an animated short story describing the birth and death of the universe: from the Big Bang, to the formation of the sun, the planets, human beings, and eventually to a potential Big Crunch.

Genre: Percussion Ensemble | # of Players: 11+1 
Level: Medium Difficult | Duration: 13:20 

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