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Red Cape Tango

From Wind Repertory Project
Michael Daugherty

Michael Daugherty (trans. Mark Spede)


General Info

Year: 1993 / 1999
Duration: c. 12:50
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Peermusic Classical
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental    |   Score Only - $34.95


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Eb Clarinet
Bb Clarinet I-III
Bass Clarinet
Contra Bass Clarinet
Bassonon I-II
Contra Bassoon
Bb Soprano Saxophone I-II (II doubling Eb Alto Saxophone)
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet I-IV
Horn I-IV
Trombone I-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Contrabass
Timpani (doubling Finger Cymbals)
Piano
Percussion I-V, including:

  • Brake Drum
  • Castanets (on Stand)
  • Chimes
  • Cymbals (Suspended, Finger (2x), Crash (2x))
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimbaphone
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-tam
  • Tambourine
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

  • Piccolo, m. 41: downbeat of beat 2 should be ‘A#’(chromatic run).
  • Flute I, m. 37: last 16th under ‘7’ groupings on beats 3 and 4 should be ‘D’s (match m.38) / m. 194: beat 3 should have a courtesy "A natural"
  • Flute II, m. 41: downbeat of beat 2 should be ‘A#’(chromatic run) / m. 194: beat 3 should have a courtesy "A natural"
  • English Horn, m. 77: Should have straight chromatic scale up; culminate on ‘F#’ not ‘G’ / m. 339: Should have straight chromatic scale up (missing #’s after beat 2)
  • E-flat Soprano Clarinet: m. 194: beat 3 should have a courtesy "A natural."
  • Clarinet Ia, m. 67-72: beat 3 half note should be ‘F#’ / m. 74, 76: beat 3 half note should be ‘F#’ / m. 189, 194, 199: beat 3 should have a courtesy "A natural" / m. 207: second 16th note should be "E-flat."
  • Clarinet II, m. 189, 194, 199: beat 3 should have a courtesy "A natural" / m. 207: second 16th note should be "E-flat."
  • Clarinet III, m. 189, 194, 199: beat 3 should have a courtesy "A natural" / m. 207: second 16th note should be "E-flat."
  • Alto Sax I, m. 189, 194, 199: beat 3 should have a courtesy "A natural" / m. 207: second 16th note should be "E-flat."
  • Alto Sax II, m. 189, 194, 199: beat 3 should have a courtesy "A natural" / m. 207: second 16th note should be "E-flat."
  • Trumpet I-II, m. 316, 318, and 320: concert "E natural" / m. 320: concert "B natural" / m. 349 and 351: concert "A" on downbeats.
  • Trumpet III-IV, m. 316, 318, 320, 322, 324, and 326: concert "E natural" / m. 351: concert "A" on downbeats.
  • Horn I, m. 190: all bottom ‘E’s’ need a flat sign / m. 195: all bottom ‘E’s’ need a flat sign / m. 200-213: all bottom ‘E’s’ need a flat sign / m. 260-275: all bottom ‘E’s’ need a flat sign
  • Horn III, m. 8: rhythm should be half note, quarter note under triplet bracket / m. 135: rhythm should be half note, quarter note under triplet bracket.
  • Horns I-IV, m. 203-213: open symbol not needed.
  • All Trombones, m. 303 and 307: Remove slur beats 3 to 4
  • Trombone I, m. 329: solo should say "gliss." over diagonal line; notes should have no "+" or "o" over beats 2 and 3.
  • Tuba, m. 303 and 307: Remove slur beats 3 to 4
  • Contrabass, m. 308-315: change to gliss
  • Percussion III, m. 214: should be marked "tambourine with knee" / m. 269: should be marked “Tambourine”
  • Percussion V, m. 189, 194, 199: beat 3 should have a courtesy "A natural"
  • Piano, m. 189, 194, 199: beat 3 should have a courtesy "A natural" / m. 308-315: pedal marking should continue in two bar sequences.


Program Notes

Red Cape Tango is the fifth movement of Michael Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony, dedicated to David Zinman and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

As the title implies, the work is based around the Superman mythology, each movement taking the character of someone or something related to the Superman comics. Red Cape Tango was composed after Superman was “killed off” in the comic book series, the result of a fight with a fiendish supervillian Doomsday. The principal melody, first heard in the bassoon, is taken from the Latin hymn Dies Irae (literally, “day of wrath”). This hymn has often been paired in music with connotations of death or loss. This hymn of death is transformed into a tango, complete with castanets, finger cymbals, and string bass. The ensemble alternates between the legato and staccato sections to suggest a musical bullfight.

This transcription was crafted by Mark Spede, Director of Bands at Clemson University.

- Program Note by Nikk Pilato


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • Maryland: VI
  • New York: VI


Performances

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  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) Symphonic Winds (Ryan Scherber, conductor) – 11 October 2019
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Shawn Vondran, conductor) – 3 May 2019
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Symphony (Jason Silveira, conductor) – 30 April 2019
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Symphony (Steven D. Davis, conductor) – 19 February 2019
  • Texas All-State Symphonic Band (Steven Davis, conductor) - 16 February 2019 (2019 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Orchestra (Terrence Milligan, conductor) – 18 April 2018
  • Gettysburg (Penn.) College Wind Symphony (Russell McCutcheon, conductor) – 13 April 2018
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Symphony (Donna Dolson, conductor) – 16 November 2017
  • Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Tx.) Meadows Wind Ensemble (Jack Delaney, conductor) – 10 November 2017
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Ensemble (Andrew McMahan, conductor) – 3 June 2017 
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Wind Ensemble (William Petersen, conductor) - 21 February 2017
  • Atlanta (Ga.) Youth Wind Symphony (Michael Daugherty, conductor) – 17 May 2016
  • Cleveland Winds (Cleveland, Ohio) (Birch Browning, conductor) – 24 April 2016
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Ensemble (Andrew McMahan, conductor) - 2 June 2012
  • Chicago College of Performing Arts Wind Ensemble (Stephen Squires, conductor) - 5 December 2011
  • Florida International University Wind Ensemble (Catherine Rand, Conductor) - 26 February 2011


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