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Gilded Cage, The

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Susan K. Powell

Susan K. Powell

General Info

Year: 1998 / 2005
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Keyboard Percussion Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $40.00


Full Score
Percussion I-II-III-IV (4 players), including:

  • Bass Drum (pedal)
  • Brake Drums (4: high, medium-high, medium and low)
  • China Cymbal
  • Splash Cymbals (2)
  • Tom-toms (4: high, medium-high, medium and low)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Gilded Cage was written by Susan K. Powell in 1998 for the Northwestern Doctoral Percussion Quartet's European appearances in Wurtzburg, Germany, and at the RhythmSticks Percussion Festival in London, England. The title is a combination of two separate sources; the 19th century popular song The Girl in the Gilded Cage, and the 20th century percussion ensemble work Third Construction by John Cage. There are numerous influences from Cage's notable piece, including an early quote of the opening theme, here divided between the four performers and played on tom-toms. The "cage" theme is further exhibited in the way the performers create a constantly evolving visual cage with their sticks.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

  • Missouri: Percussion Ensemble A
  • Oklahoma: Percussion Ens. A
  • Texas: Percussion Ensemble Class I


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Powell, S. (2005). The Gilded Cage [score]. Keyboard Percussion Publications: Asbury Park, N.J.