Posted By : Jeff Moore
Piece Title : Paschal Dances
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Level : Senior / Graduate
Composer / Arranger : Gillingham, David (1947-)
Composer / Arranger Details:

David Gillingham earned Bachelor and Master Degrees in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and the PhD in Music Theory/Composition from Michigan State University. Dr. Gillingham has an international reputation for the works he has written for band and percussion. Many of these works are now considered standards in the repertoire. His commissioning schedule dates well into the first decade of the 21st century. His numerous awards include the 1981 DeMoulin Award for Concerto for Bass Trombone and Wind Ensemble and the 1990 International Barlow Competition (Brigham Young University) for Heroes, Lost and Fallen. Dr. Gillingham`s works have been recorded by Klavier, Sony and Summit and Centaur. His works are regularly performed by nationally recognized ensembles including the Prague Radio Orchestra, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble, The University of Georgia Bands, North Texas University Wind Ensemble, Michigan State University Wind Ensemble, Oklahoma State Wind Ensemble, University of Oklahoma Wind Ensemble, Florida State Wind Ensemble, University of Florida (Miami) Wind Ensemble, University of Illinois Symphonic Band, Illinois State Wind Symphony, University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, Indiana University Wind Ensemble and the University of Wisconsin Wind Ensemble. Also, nationally known artists, Fred Mills (Canadian Brass), Randall Hawes (Detroit Symphony) and Charles Vernon (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) have performed works by Dr. Gillingham. Over sixty of his works for band, choir, percussion, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments are published by C. Alan, Hal Leonard, Southern Music, Music for Percussion, Carl Fischer, MMB, T.U.B.A, I.T.A., and Dorn. Dr. Gillingham is a Professor of Music at Central Michigan University and the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award (1990), a Summer Fellowship (1991 a Research Professorship (1995), and the recently, the President?s Research Investment Fund grant for his co-authorship of a proposal to establish an International Center for New Music at Central Michigan University. He is a member of ASCAP and has been receiving the ASCAP Standard Award for Composers of Concert Music since 1996.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :10+ Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Percussion Ensemble
Instrumentation : 4 1/3 Octave Marimba (Low A) (x3) / Anvil / Bells / Bongos (Set of) (x2) / Chimes / Conga (x4) / Crotales (Set of) / Piano / Roto-Toms (Set of) / Snare Drum / Suspended Cymbal / Tam-Tam / Tambourine / Temple Blocks (Set of) / Timbales / Timpani (x5) / Tom (x8) / Vibraphone (x2) / water gong / Windchimes / Xylophone
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 2 sets of 4 tom-toms, 4 conga, 4 bongos, 5 timpani, tambourine, crotales, snare drum, bells, temple blocks, chimes, 5 roto-toms, timbales, 2 vibraphones, suspended cymbal, anvil, 3 marimbas (4.3 octaves), xylophone, water gong, tam-tam, wind chime, p
Written for / Commissioned by : Dedicated to Robert Hohner/CMU Perc Ens.
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 C Alan Publications
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Publisher :C. Alan Publications
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C. Alan Publications was founded in 1989 to fill a need for high-quality percussion literature.  Since that time, they have adhered to the highest standards of music integrity in the percussion music they publish.  In 1997, they added a line of concert band music to their catalogue, which continues to flourish.  More recently they added music for orchestra (youth, string and full), brass ensemble, chorus, jazz ensemble and chamber ensembles. 

In addition they are the sole distributor of 'Whole Sum Productions' percussion catalogue (WS).  Their music receives extensive exposure through performances on international concerts, clinics and conventions and is widely available on compact disc.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :1993 /  1994
Duration :10Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :Various
Special Needs :NA
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

"Paschal Dances is based on the first two lines of the famous Gregorian Easter sequence,"Victim paschali laudes" (Praises to the Paschal Victim). Motives and phrases of the chant are used to unify the work which comprises an Invocation, 4 Dances, 2 Interludes, and a Benediction."

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Posted By : Jeff Moore    Date Posted: 23 February 2009 08:44:00 AM
Based on the Gregorian Easter sequence "Victimae paschali laudes" (Praises to the Paschal Victim"). In eight sections: Invocation, four Dances, two Interludes, and a Benediction. Most of the mallet writing is 2-mallet, though vibes play 4-note sustained chords in places. Involves some chanting on syllable "oo." Some rapidly shifting meter in 16ths (standard Gillingham fare). Also some piano effects, like slapping the lowest strings. Some duple rhythms in the 6/8 sections over the triple divisions. Ends very softly.
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