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Bizarro

From Wind Repertory Project
Michael Daugherty

Michael Daugherty


General Info

Year: 1993
Duration: c. 9:20
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Peermusic
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental | Score Only - $50.00


Instrumentation

Full Score in C
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboes I-II-III
Bassoon I-II-III
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
Horns in F I-II-III-IV
Trumpet in Bb (or C) I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Electric Bass
Piano (acoustic or digital)
Percussion (4 players), including:

  • Bass Drum (small, medium, and very large)
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Piccolo Snare Drum
  • Ride Cymbal (medium and large)
  • Snare Drum (medium and large)
  • Splash Cymbals (two, 8 and 10 inch)
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

During the composition of the Metropolis Symphony, I created a work inspired by another foe of Superman: Bizarro (created by Lex Luthor's duplicating ray) is an imperfect copy of Superman, with spiky black hair and Frankenstein-like features. My nine-minute composition Bizarro is scored for woodwinds, large brass section, piano, electric bass, and a sizable percussion battery that includes three rock and roll drummers. Bizarro inhabits a musical world without strings, and revels in the brash energies of rock and big band jazz, propelled on his course by a fast tempo and rhythmic excitement. Melodic fragments coalesce, contrapuntally, into a swinging yet menacing little theme that is previewed by the flutes and piccolo, taken up by a solo trumpet, and finally performed in a virtuoso canon for three trombones and four trumpets. Volume and intensity keep building as the monstrous Bizarro careens out of control.

- Program Note by Michael Daugherty


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Cape Town (Rondebosch, South Africa) (Alexander Fokkens, conductor) - 24 April 2018
  • Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.) Peabody Wind Ensemble (Harland D. Parker, conductor) – 28 April 2017


Works for Winds by this Composer



Resources

  • McCutchan, Ann. (1999). The muse that sings: composers speak about the creative process. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • McGarvey, Timothy D. (1987) “Desi, Bizzaro, and Motown Metal: The Wind and Percussion Music of Michael Daugherty.” D.M.A. dissertation, University of Cincinnati. 184 p.
  • Scott, Judson. (2003). "Michael Daugherty" from A Composer's Insight, Volume One." Galesville, MD: Meredith Music.
  • Stotter, Douglas. "Bizarro." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 867-875. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.