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Panopticon Rising

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Ralph Ford

Ralph Ford

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $82.00; (digital) - $82.00   |   Score Only (print) - $12.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Concert Tom (3)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


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Program Notes

The word "panopticon" was a created as a reference to Panoptes, the mythological Greek Giant Watchman with one hundred eyes. Social theorist, architect, and English philosopher of 18th century England Jeremy Bentham designed a building to serve as a prison to allow a single watchman to observe all of the inhabitants at once. The inhabitants, not knowing whether they are being watched or not, must always control their behavior constantly.

This original contemporary composition opens with an unassuming docile theme. The transparency is rapidly replaced with driving tutti components that furiously depict a vividly punctuated theme. Reminiscent passive melodies interrupt occasionally, building to an uncompromising conclusion. This energy-packed composition concludes with a vivid percussion contribution.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music and publisher

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