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John Mackey

John Mackey

General Info

Year: 1998
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Osti Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00


Full Score
Solo B-flat Soprano Clarinet
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drum
  • China Cymbal
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Roto-toms (2)
  • Snare Drum
  • Tom-toms (4)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This work, for amplified clarinet and percussion ensemble (four players), was my first collaboration with choreographer Robert Battle. Robert's request was for a short, dark, rhythmic, angry piece, and this was the result. It was great fun to write, although I failed to consider that whatever rhythms I wrote would have to be learned not only by the musicians but by the dancer. (Robert's choreography is extremely musical, and nearly every movement matches the music.) This piece is a short, exhausting virtuosic trip for both the solo clarinet and the solo dancer. If you listen closely to the very end of the live recording, you'll actually hear the dancer gasp her last breath before collapsing to the floor. Robert is pretty dramatic.

This work was used by the United States Synchronized Swim Team this year [2004] at The Olympics in Athens. They won the Bronze medal!

Damn was commissioned by BattleWorks and premiered May 1998 at the Pace Downtown Theater, New York, N.Y., choreographed by Robert Battle.

- Program Note by composer


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  • Mackey, J. (1998). Damn (1998): For B♭ Clarinet and Percussion Quartet [score]. Osti Music: [Los Angeles]
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