Posted By : Jeff Moore
Piece Title : Gnomes and Other Twilight Creatures
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Level : College
Composer / Arranger : Moore, Dan
Composer / Arranger Details:

Musician, composer, and educator Dan Moore travels the globe exploring the many expressive capabilities of percussion. His distinctive brand of improvisational music ranges from classic jazz to experimental music in acoustic and electronic settings.
Released in 2011, his CD Cabinet of Curiosities: The Graphic Percussion Scores of Robert Moran (Innova recordings label, distributed worldwide by Naxos) has received excellent reviews: "It is so perfectly pitched that it achieves a kind of timeless immersivity that`s hard to dissect or quantify." Music critic Robert Carl called it "one of the finest releases I’ve ever heard to take the indeterminacy bull by the horns and make refined, engaging, and varied music from it."

A natural collaborator, Moore has joined forces with a variety of fine musicians. His long association with Nashville percussionist Mat Britain has produced three commercial recordings and hundreds of performances throughout the US. He also has launched exceptional musical experiences with long-time friends Matt Wilson, Paul Elwood, the late Robert Paredes, Swedish mallet artist Anders Åstrand, drummer Johnny Rabb, Maltese percussionist Renzo Spiteri, and others.

Dr. Moore is professor of music and associate director of the University of Iowa School of Music. As head of Iowa Percussion, he has created a student-centric program that encompasses contemporary chamber music, concert percussion, electronic music, steel band, traditional Chinese drumming and other ethnic music, and improvisation.

Dan Moore is a Yamaha international performing artist, a signature mallet artist for Innovative Percussion, an artist and educational board member for the Latin Percussion Music Group (LP), and an artist for Sabian cymbals and Grover Pro Percussion. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Percussive Arts Society International Organization for Percussionists.

His compositions are published by Row-Loff Productions, Innovative Percussion, and Cricket City Music and Media.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :2 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Percussion Duet / Mallet Duet
Instrumentation : 4 1/3 Octave Marimba (Low A) / Bamboo Wind Chimes / Concert Toms (x2) / Metal Slasher - Ask Dan Moore for Details! / Vibraphone / Xylophone
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 3 Octave Vibraphone, 3 Octave Xylophone, 4 1/3 Octave Marimba.
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Publisher :Innovative Percussion, Inc.
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Innovative Percussion is a mallet and stick manufacturer based in Nashville Tennessee. They also distribute publications of a high quality. For more information logon to

Year Composed / Copyright Date :1995 /  1996
Duration :8Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :4
Special Needs :N/A
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Gnomes and Other Twilight Creatures is a fantasy piece for two multi-percussionists. It is intended to be a fun and interesting piece for both performer and listener. Each part offers some technical challenges, but overall Gnomes is a very player-friendly work.

It is quite effective to have a narrator read the introduction to each movement. If a narrarator is not used, be sure to print the narrarations in the program to set the mood for  each movement.

"The program notes inform us that Gnomes and Other Twilight Creatures, written for two multiple percussionists, is a fantasy piece. And, though each part offers some technical challenges, we are assured that it is a very player-friendly work. A narration is provided that can be read as an introduction to each movement. The piece utilizes a small setup: one player using vibes, xylophone and bamboo wind chimes; the other a marimba, two low-pitched concert toms and a metal slasher. (Instructions are given for constructing the latter.) Moore`s piece features the mallet instruments. The first movement, Gnomes, is framed as a vibe and marimba duet. The second movement, Gremlins, is a duet between xylophone played by Player I, and toms and marimba performed by Player II, couched primarily in rapid 16th notes. The third movement, Gargoyles, pits vibes and marimba in a dialogue that grows more and more frantic. The concluding movement, Goblins, features xylophone and marimba in the nature of a fast perpetuum mobile. Two competent college percussionists should prove that the piece is, indeed, very player-friendly. And it will come as no surprise if it turns out to be very audience friendly as well." - John R. Raush Percussive Notes, June 1997


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Posted By : Jeff Moore    Date Posted: 26 February 2009 03:50:00 AM
A fantasy piece that involves two multiple setups featuring keyboard instruments. Performance notes given. Very player friendly work but with some technical challenges. Some voice exchanging but mostly playing together. Polyrhythms and grace note interpretation. 2nd mvt. moves pretty quick so some chops may be required. Takes a complete musician to play this piece. Musicalitiy is a must and ranges. Written out marimba cadenza. Looks very interesting to play. Each movement has a narrator and it is quite effective to have the introduction read. This piece calls for a `metal slasher` and there are instructions in the booklet on how to make one. The rhythms are somewhat difficult, as there is a 7 and 32nd notes and quarter note triplets. Towards the end of the 3rd movement, the players trade off sextuplets. In the 4th movement, there are some polyrhythms such as 4:3, and 3:2.
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