SUPERCELL

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Piece Title : SuperCell
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Dificulty Rating :
Level : Freshman / Sophomore
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 / Mixed Chamber Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Mixed Chamber Ensemble
Instrumentation : 4 1/3 Octave Marimba (Low A) (x2) / Alto Saxophone / Bells / Bongos (Set of) / Brake Drum (x4) / Chimes / Conga (x2) / Crotales (Set of) / Hi-Hats / Piano / ratchet / Small Bass Drum (x4) / Suspended Cymbal / Tam-Tam / Timpani (x4) / Vibraphone / Xylophone
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : Solo E-flat Alto Saxophone Piano Marimba 1 (4.3-octave) Marimba 2 (4.3-octave) Marimba 3 (4.5-octave) Marimba 4 (5-octave) 4 Timpani Percussion 1 (bells, 2-octave crotales, suspended cymbal [shared], tam-tam [shared]) Percussion 2 (xylophone, vibraph
Written for / Commissioned by : Kurt Gros
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 C Alan Publications
Accompanied :Other
Publisher :C. Alan Publications
Publishers Website :www.c-alanpublications.com
Publisher Details :

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 :2004 /  2005
Duration :12Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :Solo Alto Saxophone
Sheet Music Available From :www.c-alanpublications.com/      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Supercell is a journey through the giant thunderstorms of the same name that roam the Great Plains. The beginning of the piece represents the breezy and sunny afternoon that is often experienced just before a supercell develops. As the afternoon progresses, puffy clouds become numerous in the once clear sky. Eventually one of these clouds meets an updraft, and it explodes like an atomic bomb into the atmosphere. The sky becomes dark and threatening, lightning flashes violently and thunder is heard in the distance. The breezes die down and the supercell begins its track over the area. Light rain begins to fall, gradually increasing to a moderate shower. All of a sudden the wind begins to madly gust, the rain becomes blinding, and small hail mixes with the rain. Eventually the rain is overtaken by a hailstorm that hurls hailstones up to the size of softballs, wreaking havoc on properties below. The supercell spreads panic and fear as it becomes even more intense with deafening hurricane force winds, furious lightning, pounding rain and hail, and a pitch-black sky! Just as the storm reaches its ultimate fury, it is suddenly silenced. The air is dead-calm. Though no rain or hail is failing, the sky is still pitch-black with a tint of green. Though the fury appears to be over, the worst is yet to come! A tornado moves through, destroying everything in its path! Common items are whirled through the air, turning them into deadly missiles as the whirlwind of over 300 MPH tears through! Though the tornado is the most violent part of a supercell, it is the most short-lived. As the tornado departs the area, the black sky gives way to rays of sunshine and clear skies. A haunting mood is heard, because even though the skies have cleared, the aftermath of the supercell is abundant. As destructive as the storm might have been, eventually the aftermath becomes a memory as people move on and repair the damages. The piece ends in a calm, gentle, and dream-like manner, with a short reminder that supercells will return.
- Kurt Gros

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