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Ra!

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David Dzubay

David Dzubay


General Info

Year: 1997 / 2002
Duration: c. 4:50
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Pro Nova Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $295.00   |   Score Only - $45.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass (optional)
Piano (optional)
Harp (optional)
Timpani
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cowbell
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong
  • Marimba
  • Roto-toms
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The sun god Ra was the most important god of the ancient Egyptians. Born anew each day, Ra journeyed across the sky in a boat crewed by many other gods. During the day Ra would do battle with his chief enemy, a serpent named Apep, usually emerging victorious, though on stormy days or during an eclipse, the Egyptians believed that Apep had won and swallowed the sun.

Ra! is a rather aggressive depiction of an imagined ritual of sun worship, perhaps celebrating the daily battles of Ra and Apep. There are four ideas presented in the movement: 1) a "skin dance" featuring the timpani and other percussion, 2) a declarative, unison melodic line, 3) a layered texture of pulses, and 4) sun bursts and shines. The movement alternates abruptly between these ideas, as if following the precise dictates of a grand ceremony.

- Program Note by composer


Awards

  • NBA William Revelli Memorial Composition Contest, 2003, winner.


Media


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