Posted By : Jeff Moore
Piece Title : Twilight Offering Music
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Level : Senior / Graduate
Composer / Arranger : Wilkins, Blake (1965-)
Composer / Arranger Details:

Having joined the University of Houston faculty in August 1997, percussionist and composer Blake Wilkins is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at the Moores School of Music. Prior to coming to UH he served as Visiting Instructor of Percussion at the University of Oklahoma. He also served as percussionist and substitute principal timpanist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic through 1993-97, and was a member of the Oklahoma Panhandlers, a professional steel drum band. In particular, Dr. Wilkins specializes in solo classical marimba performance. Additionally, he is a strong advocate for the performance of new music, and along with performing regularly with the University of Southern California`s Contemporary Music Ensemble and OU`s New Century Ensemble, he co-founded El Dos, an experimental improvisation duo, with bassist Michael Lee. Equally active as a composer, Mr. Wilkins has studied composition with Robert Moore, James Hopkins, and Michael Hennagin amongst others. His catalog reveals compositions of large scale for a variety of media with his primary orientation being toward chamber music for non-traditional combinations of instruments. His two works for large percussion ensemble, including a prize winner in the 1988 Percussive Arts Society International Composition Competition, are published by the OU Percussion Press and have been recorded by the University of Oklahoma Percussion Ensemble on the compact disc, Twilight Offering Music, distributed by Albany Records (Troy 214).

Total Number of Percussionists Required :10+ Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Large Percussion Ensemble
Instrumentation : 4 1/3 Octave Marimba (Low A) (x4) / Afuche Cabasa / Bongos (Set of) (x2) / Chimes / China Cymbal / Claves / Congas (Set of) / Cow Bell (x4) / Gong / Maracas / Medium Gong / Orchestra Bells / Small Gong / Snare Drum / Suspended Cymbal (x2) / Tam-Tam / Timbales / Tom (x5) / Triangle / Xylophone
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : Not a Commissioned Work
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Publisher :OU Percussion Press
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In 1977 the OU Percussion Orchestra and Ensemble embarked on a project that developed into a national model for the encouragement and development of new music for percussion ensemble.  The OU Percussion Ensemble Commissioning Series regularly engages outstanding composers to write works for this medium.  The Commissioning Series is responsible for the creation of some of today`s staples in the percussion ensemble repertoire.

     In 1983 the University of Oklahoma funded the establishment of the OU Percussion Press, a non-profit extension of the percussion area. Through the Percussion Press, the commissioning series compositions plus other works expressly written for the OU Percussion Orchestra and Ensembles have been made available for purchase and performance by the world`s leading percussion ensembles. The Percussion Press` catalog numbers more than 50 works, all published in a non-profit venture as a service to the profession.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :1986 /  1991
Duration :28Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :Various
Special Needs :NA
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :


Program Note:

Twilight Offering Music is an impression for percussion ensemble, an evocation that traverses some two million years into our past. It recalls that monumental epoch when humankind first emerged from the depths of the evolutionary chain and looked upon the earth and sky with a mind that for the first time was able to wonder. This music is at once poignant and forceful; at times, contemplative, and at others, ritualistic; constantly bordering between undulating calm and volatile spontaneity. It does not attempt to draw from or expound upon any documented fragment of primitive music. Instead, Twilight Offering Music strives to recreate the awe, confusion and wonder that these primordial ancestors must have experienced as they stood below the night sky and looked to the celestial bodies above. Out of fear, or perhaps, simply out of desperation, they would soon have begun to regard them conscious and superior entities and would have ultimately surrendered to them sacrifices of appeasement-an event that would serve as the very dawn of the religous thought to permeate the ideologies  of the human race for the entirety of its existence. 

-Notes by the composer

Twilight Offering Music was premiered April 21, 1987, in Norman, Oklahoma, by the University of Oklahoma Percussion Ensemble, Dr. Richard C. Gipson conducting.

This work is the recipient of 2nd Prize in the 1988 Percussive Arts Society Composition Competition.


Performance Directions:


1. Accidentals carry throughout the measure, but only in the register in which originally introduced. Parenthetical courtesy accidentals are frequently provided in order to avoid any possible confusion.

2. It is crucial, particularly in terms of player-to-player relationships, that the ensemble arrangment recommendations made on the previous page be followed. This work is organized musically in such a manner as to make use  of the spatial dimensions of the ensemble, and variations from the suggested setup would undermine that organization.

On the other hand, individual percussionists should feel free to personalize their own instrument arrangements as necessary.This especially recommended for 9th Percussion, due to the highly ambidextrous nature of the part.

3.Mallet indications should always be considered valid until the next indication change. If only one mallet selection is indicated in a passage requiring different instruments, it is intended  that all such instruments be played with the indicated mallet.

4. Solo sections marked "freely" are generally unconducted and should be left to the soloist`s discretion. In particular, such unconducted sections include the following: Mm. 1-4; Ms. 39; Mm. 102-103; Mm. 212-214; Mm. 721-723


5. Mm. 1-243 and mm. 649-731 are to be rolled except where indicated by a staccato marking. Mm 244-648 are to be rolled only as indicated. This applies only to marimba parts.


6. Pedaling-Generally, pedalings are indicated by slur markings. In passages where there may be some confustion, or where slur marks are intended to indicate phrasing, pedaling indicated in short passages by a bracket, or in longer passages by Ped. and cancelled by *.

Where pedalings are not indicated, each note is to be pedaled and allowed to ring for its full notated duration. Passages not pedaled are marked "w/o Ped."

1/2 Ped. indicated a full-pedaling in which the pedal is only slightly released at the appropriate point.

Under no circumstances should mallet dampening be used in passages taken a single pedal. Notes in such passages should be allowed to vibrate freely.

7. Relative motor speeds are indicated as follows-1 (Slow); 2 (Medium); 3 (Fast)

There is no need to attempt to synchronize motor speeds between the two vibraphones.


8. The chime part (9th Percussion) is written for an instrument that includes the high G (G5). If this pitch is unavailable, the G in ms. 232 should be substituted with the highest pitch on the instrument; it should not be transposed down an octave.

9. On all drums, rolls played with the wood snare drum sticks are to be closed concert rolled. All other rolls played with yarn or felt mallets are to be single stroke.



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