Posted By : Jeff Moore
Piece Title : The Palace of Nine Perfections
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Level : Junior / Senior
Composer / Arranger : Ewazen, Eric (1954-)
Composer / Arranger Details:

Eric Ewazen was born in 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio. Receiving a B.M. at the Eastman School of Music, and M.M. and D.M.A. degrees from The Juilliard School, his teachers include Milton Babbitt, Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, Joseph Schwantner and Gunther Schuller. He is a recipient of numerous composition awards and prizes. His works have been commissioned and performed by many soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestras in the U.S. and overseas.

His works are recorded on Summit Records, d`Note Records, CRS Records, New World, Clique Track, Helicon, Hyperion, Cala, Albany and Emi Classics. Two of his solo CD`s featuring his chamber music are available on Well-Tempered Productions. Three additional solo CD`s, one featuring his orchestral music, another his music for low brass instruments, and a third, his music for string orchestra, are available on Albany Records. A sixth solo CD of his music for percussion is available on Resonator Records. New World Records has released his concerto for brass quintet, "Shadowcatcher" with the American Brass Quintet and The Juilliard Wind Ensemble, conducted by Mark Gould of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Individual works of Eric Ewazen have recently been released by the Ahn Trio, Julie Giacobassi of the San Francisco Symphony, Charles Vernon of the Chicago Symphony, Koichiro Yamamoto of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Ronald Barron of the Boston Symphony, Doug Yeo of the Boston Symphony, Steve Witser of the Cleveland Orchestra, Joe Alessi and Philip Smith of the New York Philharmonic, the Horn Section of the New York Philharmonic, the Summit Brass Ensemble and the American Brass Quintet.His music is published by Southern Music Company, International Trombone Association Manuscript Press, Keyboard Publications, Manduca Music, Encore Music, Triplo Music, and Brass Ring Editions. R.

He has been lecturer for the New York Philharmonic`s Musical Encounters Series, Vice-President of the League of Composers--International Society of Contemporary Music, and Composer-In-Residence with the Orchestra of St. Luke`s in New York City. He has been a faculty member at Juilliard since 1980.

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) (x2) / 4 2/3 Octave Marimba (Low E) / Bass Drum / Bell Tree / Chimes / Crotales (Set of) / Glockenspiel / Gong / Snare Drum / Suspended Cymbal (x4) / Tom (x4) / Vibraphone (x2) / Xylophone
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : University of Oklahoma Percussion Ensemble
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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 :1999 /  2001
Duration :30Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :Various
Special Needs :N/A
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Composed in 1999, The Palace of Nine Perfections was commissioned by and gratefully dedicated to the University of Oklahoma Percussion Orchestra, Richard Gipson, conductor. The three movement work is inspired by a spectacular painting on 12 adjacent hanging scrolls by the 17th painter, Yuan Chiang. The three movements depict scenes from this majestic artwork. In the foreground of the paintin one sees the procession of the Emporer K`ang-hsi. The procession consists of advance soldiers on horseback followed by a parade of dignitaries in fine and elaborate robes. The first movement depicts this scene using both stately marching rhythms and rapid, spinning gestures representing the horses in full gallup. In the painting, the palace is nestled among mist-filled valleys. The 2nd movement represents these beautifully mysterious realms. The chords are soft and luxurious; melodies or fragments of melodies appear and disappear in the mist. The fantasy palace itself (home of the Paradises of the Immortals) is a fantastic building-the setting amidst the rocky cliffs, awe-inspiring. The final movement represents the excitement of this vision, the music intense and dramatic

The Palace of Nine Perfections was commissioned by the University of Oklahoma Percussion Orchestra, Dr. Richard C. Gipson, Conductor. It received its premiere performanceon April 11, 2000, by the group at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, Dr. Gipson conducting. It subsequently was performedin its New York City premiere on February 26, 2001 at Merkin Concert Hall by the OU Percussion Orchestra.

-notes by the composer

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Posted By : Jeff Moore    Date Posted: 23 February 2009 08:44:00 AM
Well written and orchestrated. Each of the 3 movements have distinct and lyrical themes. The keyboard parts are idiomatic and player friendly.
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