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C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

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C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

F0 note (21.83 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

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A0 note (27.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

Mackey, John: Foundry 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Foundry
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    4
  • Year of composition: 
    2011
  • First performance (year): 
    2011
  • Publisher: 
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    Foundry for concert band with "found" percussion (Grade 3 / Texas PML Grade 3), winner of the 2011 CBDNA Young Band Composition Competition, was commissioned by Worthington Kilbourne High School (Don Nathan), McCracken Middle School (Chip De Stefano), Piedmont High School (Andrew Anderson), Willow Wood Junior High School (James Shaw), Memorial High School (Heath Miller), Langley High School (Andrew Gekoskie), William Mason High School (Robert Bass), and Conner Middle School (James Daughters).

    The idea with Foundry was to make a piece that celebrates the fact that percussionists have this ability to make just about anything into an "instrument." Snare drums and bass drums are great, but why not write a whole piece featuring non-traditional percussion — things like salad bowls and mixing bowls and piles of wood? In some cases, I was specific about what instrument to play (timpani, xylophone, etc.). With many of the parts, though, I only described what sound I wanted (play a "clang" — a metal instrument, probably struck with a hammer, that creates a rich "CLANG!" sound), and allowed the percussionist to be creative in finding the best "instrument" to make the sound I described. It won't be surprising that Foundry, for concert band with "found percussion," much of it metallic, ends up sounding like a steel factory. The composer thanks the required 10–12 percussionists for allowing his ridiculous requests to continue. 

 

Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
33
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
2
C
C
Oboe
1
Oboe
Clarinet
3
B-flat
B-flat
Saxophone
4
Alto
Tenor
Bassoon
1
Bassoon
Horn (F)
2
Trumpet
3
B-flat
B-flat
Trombone
3
Tenor
Bass
Euphonium
1
Tuba
1
MusiciansInstruments
Percussion
12
Marimba
Timpani
Xylophone
Cymbals
Tom-Toms
Other

 

 

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