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Hold Fast

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Casey McClure

Casey McClure

General Info

Year: 1994
Duration: c. 6:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $42.00; (digital) - $42.00   |   Score Only (digital) - $14.00


Full Score
Percussion I-IX (9 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Marimba I-II-III-IV (I-III 4.3 octave; IV 5.0 octave)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The title Hold Fast is literally a challenge to the listener to "hold fast" to the underlying rhythmic pulse established in the first sections of the work. This pulse is slowly usurped by changing meters and unequal divisions of the measures. Each section highlights different combinations of the wood and metal instruments. The pulse grows indistinct and is eventually lost. Finally, the music retreats in energy and volume as the players of the xylophone, vibraphone, and one marimba attempt to reestablish the pulse. Rolled chords by the remaining marimbists echo the initial harmonies of the work. Suddenly, all players are caught up in a surge of power led by the timpanist. The driving rhythms force the music toward the climax as the ensemble revels in the restored pulse.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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