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Mercury Rising

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Nathan Daughtrey

Nathan Daughtrey

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 5:25
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $32.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
Percussion (7 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Concert Toms (4)
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Timpani
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Featuring a balanced ensemble of keyboard and battery percussion, Mercury Rising is, in essence, a double fugue that gives all players the opportunity to shine. After a brief anticipatory introduction, the tempo picks up and the keyboard percussion introduces the primary fugue theme (or subject), with entries by the marimba, the xylophone, and then the vibraphone. The battery joins the excitement before taking over the fugue subject, featuring the snare drum and concert toms. By the time the timpani takes over the subject, all members of the ensemble have entered, leading to a climactic explosion. After a brief developmental 3/4 section, in which fragments of the fugue subject are strewn about the ensemble, intensity continues to build to the end of the piece, as the theme appears in its loudest and fastest presentation yet.

- Program Note by publisher

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Missouri: Percussion Ensemble Grade A
  • Texas: Percussion Ensemble Class I


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  • Daughtrey, N. (2005). Mercury Rising: Percussion Ensemble [score]. C. Alan Productions: Greensboro, N.C.
  • Nathan Daughtrey website Accessed 21 December 2019