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Zipzap

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Adam Silverman

Adam Silverman


General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: B. Silverman Music Publications
Cost: Unknown


Instrumentation

Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II (II doubles English Horn)
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Soprano Saxophone (doubles Eb Alto Saxophone)
Eb Alto Saxophone
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Electric Piano
Double Bass
Timpani
Solo Drum Kit
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone 


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Poor drummers: they sit at the back of the band and wait. And wait. And they’re always told to play softer, and then they stay late packing up the van. This piece is for them. Now the paradigm is turned on its head, with the drums not only providing a backing groove, but also leading front-and-center. It’s a maniacally ostentatious drum solo in which all of the drummer’s hits and flourishes are married to blaps and bleeps and sweeps and swoops in the rest of the band.

This piece came as flash of inspiration (literally in the shower) and was to a small extent inspired by the film Whiplash in which an abusive bandleader torments his young drummer. It’s also a response to drum kit parts written by contemporary classical composers which tend to sound meek, tepid and thin, as if the drummer was straightjacketed or the composer wasn’t very well versed in how drums can be played with abandon. For this piece, I did my best to compose a drum kit part that sounded spontaneous, authentic, and hard driving, yet completely enmeshed with the musical foreground. The drum part was then revised in collaboration with Justin Alexander, to whom I am deeply grateful.

- Program Note by composer


Zipzap was commissioned by a consortium of three schools: Rowan University (Joseph Higgins, director of bands); University of Minnesota Duluth (Mark Whitlock, director of bands); and West Chester University (Andrew Yozviak, director of bands).


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • University of Alabama Birmingham Wind Symphony (Sean Murray, conductor; Gene Fambrough, percussion) – 27 February 2020
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Wind Orchestra (Joseph Higgins, conductor; Justin Alexander, drum kit) - 8 December 2016 *Premiere Performance*


Works for Winds by this Composer


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