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Donald Crockett

Donald Crockett

General Info

Year: 1998
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)

Cost: Score and Parts (Rental from Keiser Music )


Full Score
Flute I-II (min. 2 each)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (min. 3 each)
Bass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet in Bb I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Tuba (min. 2)
Timpani (Claves)
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • 3 Bass Drums (small, medium, and large)
  • 2 Bongos
  • 3 Tom-Toms
  • 2 Brake Drums
  • Tambourine
  • Claves (3 pair in addition to those used by Timpani)
  • Maraca
  • Sandblocks
  • Xylophone
  • Vibraphone
  • Marimba


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Island is based on Aldous Huxley's book of the same name. Crockett states in the score, "Two aspects of the book figure most noticeable in my piece: the setting on a verdant, tropical isle and the difficult lesson of learning how to live in the present moment." In the piece the composer asks for the percussionists to be separated on stage, particularly noting their use of different sized bass drums and the 'cloud of claves' which ends the work.

Island was commissioned by the Concert Bands of the Big Ten Universities:

  • University of Illinois (James Keene, conductor)
  • Indiana University (Ray E. Cramer, conductor)
  • University of Iowa (Myron Welch, conductor)
  • University of Michigan (H. Robert Reynolds, conductor)
  • Michigan State University (John Whitwell, conductor)
  • University of Minnesota (Craig Kirchhoff, conductor)
  • Northwestern University (Mallory Thompson, conductor)
  • Ohio State University (Russel C. Mikkelson, conductor)
  • Penn State University (Dennis Glocke, conductor)
  • Purdue University (David A. Leppla, conductor)

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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Recent Performances

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    • University of Southern California (Los Angeles) Thornton Wind Ensemble (H. Robert Reynolds, conductor) - 15 February 2004

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