Gilded Cage, The
Year: 1998 / 2005
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Keyboard Percussion Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $40.00
Percussion I-II-III-IV (4 players), including:
- Bass Drum (pedal)
- Brake Drums (4: high, medium-high, medium and low)
- China Cymbal
- Splash Cymbals (2)
- Tom-toms (4: high, medium-high, medium and low)
None discovered thus far.
The Gilded Cage was written by Susan K. Powell in 1998 for the Northwestern Doctoral Percussion Quartet's European appearances in Wurtzburg, Germany, and at the RhythmSticks Percussion Festival in London, England. The title is a combination of two separate sources; the 19th century popular song The Girl in the Gilded Cage, and the 20th century percussion ensemble work Third Construction by John Cage. There are numerous influences from Cage's notable piece, including an early quote of the opening theme, here divided between the four performers and played on tom-toms. The "cage" theme is further exhibited in the way the performers create a constantly evolving visual cage with their sticks.
- Program Note from publisher
- Missouri: Percussion Ensemble A
- Oklahoma: Percussion Ens. A
- Texas: Percussion Ensemble Class I
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Concert Band (Daniel J. Farris, conductor) – 19 May 2019
- Wheaton (Ill.) College Percussion Ensemble (unconducted) – 18 April 2016
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Chicken Run: Main Titles (with Gregson-Williams; arr. Murtha)
- Romantic Flight from "How to Train Your Dragon''
- How to Train Your Dragon (arr. O'Loughlin) (2010)
- How to Train Your Dragon (arr. Van Grevenbroek) (2010/2017)
- Kung Fu Panda (with Zimmer; arr. Hjortenhammar) (2008-11/2016)
- Selections from "Save El Dorado"
- "Shrek" Soundtrack Highlights (arr. Moss) (2001)
- Story of Mumble Happy Feet, The (arr. Bullock) (2007)
- Symphonic Suite from Rio (arr. Rozendom) (2011/2014)
- Powell, S. (2005). The Gilded Cage [score]. Keyboard Percussion Publications: Asbury Park, N.J.