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David Morgan

David Morgan

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General Info

Duration: c. 14:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Dave Morgan
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Full Score
Solo Percussionist
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Electric Guitar (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV

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Program Notes

I have long been mesmerized by great percussionists. Cultures from around the globe including those of India, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean have deep musical traditions based in rhythm and percussion. The incredible legacy of American drum set players is also part of this interconnected web. The feature all of these traditions have in common is the emphasis on developing the art of improvisation within very specific and detailed traditions and systems.

When I was approached about writing a concerto to feature Glenn Schaft, I quickly became overwhelmed by the possibilities. Here is an artist who has spent a lifetime deeply engaged with all of these musical cultures, a person who plays all of the percussion instruments at a high level, and a master of the drum set tradition. What notes could I possibly write on the page that could begin to approach the essence and brilliance of these cultures? After months of experimentation and dead ends it finally dawned on me that I didn’t actually need to write any specific notes for him to play, that he could improvise a part better than anything I could write.

My goal then became to create a series of environments within which he could weave his magic, to map out a music journey. The soloist, provided only with the most rudimentary map, is free to play anything on any instrument at any time, or to not play at all. Thus the musical content of solo part is different every time. The major challenge for the ensemble is to be completely solid on the written material in order to not be thrown off course by unexpected surprises created by the soloist. Enjoy the journey of improvisational magic created by Glenn Schaft and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

- Program Note by composer

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  • Youngstown (Ohio) State University Wind Ensemble (Stephen L. Gage, conductor; Glenn Schaft, drum set) – 29 November 2017

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