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Point Blank

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Paul Dooley

Paul Dooley


Subtitle: For Large Chamber Ensemble


General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 7:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Chamber orchestra
Publisher: Paul Dooley
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II-III-IV
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in C) I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III (3rd doubles bass trombone)
Euphonium
Tuba
Contrabass
PIano
Timpani
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Drum Set
  • Flexatone
  • Marimba
  • Shaker
  • Snare Drum
  • SuspendedCymbal
  • Tam Tam
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Point Blank (2012) for wind ensemble was commissioned by a consortium organized by Gary Green of the University of Miami Frost Wind Ensemble. Point Blank is inspired by electronic music, in particular a style called Drum and Bass. I explore the interaction between computer-generated musical material and the human performer. For the wind ensemble's percussion battery, I transcribe tightly interlocking electronic rhythmic material. The drum set and timpani whirl the ensemble through an array of electronically inspired orchestrations, while the winds and brass shriek for dear life!

- Program note by composer


The work received its premiere at the Mizzou New Music Festival at Columbia, Missouri, by the group Alarm Will Sound on July 18, 2010. Initially written as a chamber ensemble piece, it was expanded and revised for full orchestra in 2011, with a wind version subsequently commissioned by Gary Green in 2012.


Point Blank is inspired by the sounds, rhythms and virtuosity of New York City-based new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound, who premiered a chamber version of the piece in 2010. Featuring synthetic sound worlds and tightly interlocking percussion ideas, the drum set, timpani and strings whirl the ensemble through an array of electronically inspired orchestrations. Point Blank is a central processing unit of floating point tremelos, discrete pizzicatos, multi-threading scales and random access modulations. In the score Dooley adds: “Point Blank for wind ensemble is inspired by electronic music, in particular a style called Drum & Bass.  I explore the interaction between computer-generated musical material and the human performer.  For the wind ensemble’s percussion battery, I transcribe tightly interlocking electronic rhythmic material.  The drum set, mallets and timpani whirl the ensemble through an array of electronically inspired orchestrations, while the winds and brass shriek for dear life!”

- Program Note from State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Symphony concert program, 28 February 2018


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Performances

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Works for Winds by This Composer


Resources

  • McCallum, Wendy. "Point Blank." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 993-1001. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.
  • Paul Dooley website Accessed 21 October 2020