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Primordium

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Mark Williams

Mark Williams


General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: I-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $48.00; (digital) - $48.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone/Euphonium/Bassoon
Tuba
Piano
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Travel back in time to visit the Earth as it may have been during prehistoric times. Hear the eerie bubbling of the "primordial ooze," the raw volcanic power of the ostinato and the heroic newness of the major fanfare in this intensely colorful work.

Dark and slightly dissonant, this intense opener recalls the warlike rhythms of Holst's Mars. The powerful modal sound is offset by the heroic brightness of major fanfares.

- Program Note from publisher


The word primordium means an organ, structure, or tissue in the earliest stage of development.


Media


State Ratings

  • Maryland: II
  • North Carolina: II
  • Tennessee: III
  • West Virginia: I


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