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Red Cape Tango

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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
Bassoon I-II
Contra Bassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contra Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone I-II (II doubling E-flat Alto Saxophone)
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
Contrabass
Timpani
Piano
Percussion I-V, including:

  • Brake Drum
  • Castanets (on stand)
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals (2: 1 large set, 1 medium set)
  • Finger Cymbals (2)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-tam (large)
  • 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 IV, add suspended cymbal to the instrument list
  • Percussion V, m.189, 194, 199: beat 3 should have a courtesy "A natural"
  • Percussion V, remove vibraphone from the instrument list
  • 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


Red Cape Tango was composed after Superman's fight to the death with Doomsday, and is my final musical work based on the Superman mythology. The principal melody, first heard in the bassoon, is derived from the medieval Latin death chant Dies irae. This dance of death is conceived as a tango, presented at times like a concertino comprising string quintet, brass trio, bassoon, chimes, and castanets. The tango rhythm, introduced by the castanets and heard later in the finger cymbals, undergoes a gradual timbral transformation, concluding dramatically with crash cymbals, brake drum, and timpani. The orchestra alternates between legato and staccato sections to suggest a musical bullfight.

The symphonic band version was commissioned by Jerry Junkin, on behalf of the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, and was premiered by that ensemble, with Jerry Junkin conducting, in February 2000 at the National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association, Austin, Texas.

- Program Note by composer


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  • Maryland: VI
  • New York: VI


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