Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Percussion I-II-III, including:
- Bass Drum
- Crotale (1)
- Cymbal (medium and large suspended)
- Gong (Tam-tam)
- Slapstick (very large)
- Snare Drum
- Temple Blocks (3)
- Tom-Toms (3)
- Triangle (medium)
- Vibraphone (2 double bass bows)
The following errata pertains to the first printing* (black cover):
m. 74, Alto Saxophone I (score and part): Rhythm should be: quarter, quarter, eighth, quarter, quarter. m. 132, Flute 2 (part): Rehearsal number 132 should be moved to the previous measure.
*These errors are corrected in the second printing (2nd printing has blue-black cover. Note, it may "look" like actual black to you until you compare it to true black; it's a black tinged with blue and quite different when put next to the first printing's black cover.)
You have the second printing if www.manhattanbeachmusic.com appears on the back cover.
Mt. Vesuvius, the volcano that destroyed Pompeii in A.D. 79, is an icon of power and energy in this work. Originally I had in mind a wild and passionate dance such as might have been performed at an ancient Roman Bacchanalia. During the compositional process, I began to envision something more explosive and fiery. With its driving rhythms, exotic modes, and quotations from the Dies Irae from the medieval Requiem Mass, it became evident that the Bacchanalia I was writing could represent a dance from the final days of the doomed city of Pompeii.
Program Note by Frank Ticheli
- Audio CD: Michigan State University Wind Symphony (John Whitwell, conductor).
- Audio CD: North Texas Wind Symphony (Eugene Corporon, conductor).
- New York: VI
- Texas: IV
- Virginia: VI
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Marquette University Symphonic Band (Jason S. Ladd, conductor) - 14 April 2013
- Cerritos College Band (David Betancourt, conductor) - 17 March 2013 (34th Sutherland Wind Festival, Fresno, Calif.)
- La Sierra University Wind Ensemble (Ken Narducci, conductor) - 17 March 2013 (34th Sutherland Wind Festival, Fresno, Calif.)
- UC Santa Cruz Wind Ensemble (Robert Klevan, conductor) - 1 December 2012
Additional Works for Winds by this Composer
- Amazing Grace
- An American Elegy
- Angels in the Architecture
- Blue Shades
- Cajun Folk Songs, Part One
- Cajun Folk Songs, Part Two
- Earth Song for Band (2012)
- Gaian Visions
- Joy Revisited
- Loch Lomond
- Music for Winds and Percussion (withdrawn)
- Pacific Fanfare
- Portrait of a Clown
- Rest (2011)
- San Antonio Dances (2010)
- Shaker Gift Song, A
- Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs
- Sun Dance
- Symphony No. 1 (tr. Green)
- Symphony No. 2
- Wild Nights!
- Frank Ticheli's site at Manhattan Beach Music.
- Darling, John A. (2005) A Study of the Wind Band Music of Frank Ticheli with an Analysis of Fortress, Postcard and Vesuvius. Ohio State University, Doctoral Dissertation.