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Michael Martin

Michael Martin

The title of this work is properly written in lower case, with a period: twisted.

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 3:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: PlayWriteMusic
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Floor Toms
  • Glockenspiel
  • Ratchet
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Typewriter
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I was initially very excited about the opportunity to write a new piece for middle school band -- that is, until I tried to start actually writing a piece for middle school band. I’m not a terribly prolific composer to begin with, and the music I have written that is any good at all has been for university wind ensembles who have zero limitations. Holy cow, do I have a newfound respect for composers who can write GOOD music for young players and even more respect for the directors who teach them to play it. I don’t think I’ve ever solicited advice from so many different people for three minutes of music...

When it comes to actually writing, I’m nothing without a concept, a story, a film in my head I’m trying to score ... which in itself presented another challenge: what is a story that I could tell musically that would not only create a unique experience for the listener, but would also be fun AND appropriate for a middle school band? Well, after many minutes, my super normal brain arrived at the answer: ‘Ooh, what if it was a piece called twisted., about an author writing a novel on a typewriter whose protagonist comes to life, goes insane and terrorizes him!’

Nailed it.

twisted. features a lot of sounds and textures that I hope are unique, educational, and fun for the middle school band: aleatoric material in percussion, extended techniques in the woodwinds and brass, enough floor toms to make Blue Man Group jealous, and a timpani part that doubles on typewriter. Yep. Typewriter. Because you know, the psycho author story Typical middle school content.

A ton of heartfelt thanks to the powerhouse teaching team at Shadow Ridge: Christopher Meredith, Alicia DeSoto, Darrin Hicks, and Jonathan Gill, for their trust in creating something new and fun for their kids. And a HUGE Rock On! to the students of the Shadow Ridge Band. It’s insane how good you are! (See what I did there???)

Lastly, I hope twisted. is as fun to listen to as it was to create. These students certainly bring it to life in ways I didn’t know were possible.”

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

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