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Foundry

From Wind Repertory Project
John Mackey

John Mackey


General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 4:10
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Osti Music
Cost: Score & Parts - $120.00   |   Score (Purchase) - $20.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (2 Players)
Tuba (2 Players)
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI-VIII-IX-X-XI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • "Clang" - a metal instrument, probably struck with a hammer, that creates a rich (ie, deep, not pingy) "clang" sound. Could be a metal pipe, or a brake drum with a bell plate on top, etc. Do not simply use a brake drum.
  • Cymbals (2 China (could be two pairs of stacked/nested cymbals, 1 splash, 1 suspended)
  • Marimba
  • Metal mixing bowls (4), suspended or placed in a way that they are allowed to resonate, or, various gongs with unclear specific pitches (must be able to be dampened)
  • Resonant, rattling piles of metal (4) (or other rattling metal objects,such as train rails with other metal leaned on top. Must have some resonance)
  • Snare Drum with kevlar head (or kevlar drum)
  • Tom-toms (4)
  • Vibraslap
  • Whip (or other wooden, unpitched, bright sound with immediate decay and no ring)
  • Wooden objects (4), unpitched (something like temple blocks or wood blocks, or 4 wooden salad bowls)
  • Wind Gong (or other large cymbal, rich in color, that speaks quickly and can be quickly choked, or, a thundersheet, shaken instead of struck)
  • Xylophone

Note: It is preferred that all percussion parts be assigned, even if it means "borrowing" players from other sections of the ensemble that may be otherwise "over-staffed." (The exception is the trombone section, which must not be thinned.) If any percussion parts must be omitted, the marimba, wind gong, and whip parts should be the first cut.


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The idea with Foundry was to make a piece that celebrates the fact that percussionists have this ability to make just about anything into an "instrument." Snare drums and bass drums are great, but why not write a whole piece featuring non-traditional percussion -- things like salad bowls and mixing bowls and piles of wood?

In some cases, I was specific about what instrument to play (timpani, xylophone, etc.). With many of the parts, though, I only described what sound I wanted (play a "clang" — a metal instrument, probably struck with a hammer, that creates a rich "CLANG!" sound), and allowed the percussionist to be creative in finding the best "instrument" to make the sound I described.

It won't be surprising that Foundry, for concert band with "found percussion," much of it metallic, ends up sounding like a steel factory. The composer thanks the required 10–12 percussionists for allowing his ridiculous requests to continue. Clang.

- Program Note by John Mackey


Awards

  • 2011 CBDNA Young Band Composition Contest


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

  • Texas: III


Performances

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  • Mount Vernon (Ohio) Nazarene University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (John Packard, conductor) – 20 October 2019
  • Clovis (Calif.) North High School Wind Ensemble (Esmeralda Rocha Lozano, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • Colonel Gray High School (Charlottetown, PEI) Grade 11-12 Concert Band (Shawn Doiron, Conductor) - May 2019
  • Cheshire (Conn.) High School Symphonic Band (John L. Kuhner, conductor) – 9 May 2019
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Concert Band (Andrew Blair, conductor) – 19 April 2019
  • Washington Union High School (Fresno, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Robert Madrid, conductor – 12 April 2019 (2019 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) University Band (Joshua Neuenschwander, conductor) - 1 April 2019
  • Colby College (Waterville, Maine) Wind Ensemble (Eric Thomas, conductor) – 16 March 2018
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Gold Campus Band (Cory Near, conductor) – 7 March 2019
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Showcase of Bands Honor Band (Gary Smith, conductor) – 23 February 2019
  • Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Timothy Yontz, conductor) – 3 November 2018
  • Cuesta Wind Ensemble (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (Jennifer Martin, conductor – 21 October 2018 
  • Miamisburg (Ohio) High School Symphonic Band (Steve Aylward, conductor) - 15 May 2018
  • Philharmonia Winds (Hartford, Conn.) (Alan Francis, conductor) - 13 May 2018
  • Texas Lutheran University (Seguin) Symphonic Band (Beth Bronk, conductor) - 27 April 2018
  • Hanford (Calif.) High School Concert Band (Janet Levine, conductor) -16 March 2018 (2018 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Concert Band (Clay Redfield, conductor) – 14 March 2018
  • West Virginia University (Lindsey Williams, conductor) - 27 February 2018
  • Wheaton North High School Concert Band (Kent Krause, conductor) - 27 February 2018
  • Augustana University (Sioux Falls, S.D.) Gold Band (Eric Michael Laprade, conductor, conductor) – 11 November 2017
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Symphonic Band (Kevin LeBoeuf, conductor) – 31 May 2017
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Jack R. Snider Concert Band (Christopher Brandt, conductor) – 27 April 2017


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