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Piece Title : Surge
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Level : Junior / Senior
Composer / Arranger : Smith, Rob
Composer / Arranger Details:

"Bridging modernism and American jazz and pop idioms" (San Antonio Express-News), the innovative and highly energetic music of Rob Smith is frequently performed throughout the United States and abroad. Ensembles and musicians that have performed his compositions include the Continuum Ensemble (London), Coruscations (Sydney), Synchronia (St. Louis), the Montague-Mead Piano Plus (London), the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and the pianist Christopher Taylor. He has received commissions from the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program, the American Composers Forum (as a part of their Continental Harmony project) and several nationally renowned university wind ensembles, among others.

His compositions have received numerous awards, including those from ASCAP, the National Band Assoc., the National Association of Composers in the USA, the Luigi Russolo International Electronic Music Competition, and the Society of Composers.  In 1997, as the recipient of a Fulbright Grant to Australia, he collaborated with many different Australian ensembles and musicians, which led to a teaching position at the University of Wollongong in 1998. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Potsdam College and both the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees in music composition from The University of Texas at Austin. Currently, he teaches at the University of Houston`s Moores School of Music where he is Assistant Professor of Music Composition and director of the Aura Contemporary Ensemble.

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) / Bongos (Set of) / China Cymbal / Concert Bass Drum / Congas (Set of) (x2) / Cow Bell (x4) / Doumbek / Egg shakers / Hi-Hats (x2) / Ride Cymbal (x2) / Snare Drum / Splash Cymbal / Suspended Cymbal (x3) / Tam-Tam / Tambourine / Vibraphone (x2) / Xylophone (x2)
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : Xylophone 1 Xylophone 2 Vibraphone 1, egg shaker Vibraphone 2 Marimba 1 (4.3-octave) Marimba 2 (4.5-octave) Marimba 3 (4.3-octave) Marimba 4 (4.5-octave) Percussion 1 (2 ride cymbals, splash cymbal, chinese cymbal, 4 large muted cowbells, congas, hi
Written for / Commissioned by : Blake WIlkins/University of Houston 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 :2003 /  2004
Duration :4Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :NA
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Surge (2003) was commissioned by Dr. Blake Wilkins and the Moores School of Music Percussion Ensemble for a premiere performance at the 2003 Percussive Arts Society International Conference.  Focused around swelling chords, driving rhythms and a highly syncopated and energetic tune, this work constantly gathers momentum until ending on a rapidly pulsing chord in the upper register of the keyboards.

REVIEW: Univ. of Houston Percussion Ensemble CD Surge,, February 2006
Surge, the title piece by Rob Smith, is an entertaining pop/minimalist essay…full of fun along the way.”

REVIEW: Univ. of Houston Percussion Ensemble CD Surge,, March 2006
“Surge is a brisk post-minimal work, fueled by a propulsive, syncopated ostinato and adorned with cymbal splashes and pulsating vibraphone and marimba chords. It operates at a fairly relentless pace, but Smith provides abundant variety within this fast tempo spectrum by employing frequent metric shifts; he rachets up the intensity to breakneck speed by the work’s conclusion.”

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