SONG TO THE MOON

Posted By : Jeff Moore
Piece Title : Song to the Moon
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Level : Junior / Senior
Composer / Arranger : Dvorak, Antonin/Daughtrey, Nathan
Composer / Arranger Details:

Whether performing nationally as a marimba/vibraphone soloist or a chamber musician, conducting percussion clinics, composing for a range of soloists and ensembles around the world or teaching at the university level, Nathan Daughtrey (b. 1975) is a musical chameleon who uses his wide-ranging talents to adapt comfortably to a variety of environments.

As a performing artist and clinician for Yamaha and Vic Firth, Dr. Daughtrey has performed and conducted master classes and clinics in concert halls and at universities throughout the United States and across three continents. He has two solo marimba CDs to his credit – Spiral Passages, which features premiere recordings of David Gillingham’s “Gate to Heaven” and David J. Long’s “Concerto for Marimba;” and The Yuletide Marimba, which showcases Daughtrey’s solo and marimba quartet arrangements of 13 Christmas favorites. Also active as a collaborative artist, he has performed and recorded in chamber settings with composers Michael Udow and Daniel McCarthy, saxophonists Susan Fancher and Steven Stusek, bassoonist Michael Burns, clarinetist Christina Giacona, and the Virginia Beach Percussion Quartet, Trommel Percussion Group and Philidor Percussion Group.

According to leading wind band conductors and clinicians Ray Cramer and Peter Boonshaft, Dr. Daughtrey’s compositions are “fresh, beautifully scored journeys through dramatic textures” that feature “powerful tensions, velvety textures, lamenting colors and driving vigor.” With over fifty publications for concert band, percussion ensemble, chamber ensembles, and soloists as well as an ever-growing number of commissions, his works have been performed at national and international conferences. Performance venues include Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Bands of America National Percussion Festival, Asian Symphonic Band Competition (Bangkok, Thailand), and the International Music Conference (Beijing, China). Daughtrey is the only composer in the history of the Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest to procure both 2nd and 3rd place in the same year with his percussion ensemble works “Limerick Daydreams” and “Adaptation.” Additionally, his band pieces “Downtown Dash” and “Limerick Daydreams” have been featured in two volumes of GIA Publications’ “Teaching Music Through Performance in Band.” He has received annual awards from ASCAP since 2007. His eagerly awaited “Concerto for Vibraphone” is now available from C. Alan Publications in versions for both percussion ensemble and piano reduction.

As an educator, Dr. Daughtrey served as a Visiting Lecturer of Percussion for three years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he taught applied percussion and conducted the Percussion Ensemble. He also served as a sabbatical replacement at the University of Oklahoma, where he taught undergraduate and graduate percussion students and conducted the world-renowned OU Percussion Orchestra. Dr. Daughtrey is currently a Visiting Lecturer of Music Composition at High Point University (NC), where he teaches applied lessons and works in collaboration with the School of Communication.

When not performing, composing or teaching, Dr. Daughtrey can be found running and biking the trails and greenways in his hometown of Greensboro, NC.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :8 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Percussion Ensemble
Instrumentation : Bells / Chimes / Triangle / Vibraphone (x2)
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : Not a Commissioned Work
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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 :2005 /  2005
Duration :7Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :The low F marimba part can also be played on a low A if necessary.
Sheet Music Available From :www.c-alanpublications.com      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Song to the Moon is an aria from Antonín Dvorák’s opera “Rusalka,” which combines elements from three fairy tales, Hans Christian Anderson`s Little Mermaid, Friedrich de la Motte Fouque`s Undine, and Gerhart Hautpmann`s The Sunken Bell. At this moment in the opera, the good-natured old Spirit of the Lake, Jezibab, is enjoying the singing of the Wood Nymphs, when his daughter, Rusalka, approaches him sadly. She tells him that she has fallen in love with a handsome young prince and wishes to become human in order to know the bliss of union with him. Deeply saddened, the Spirit of the Lake consents to her request, and leaves. All alone, Rusalka sings this beautiful aria, confiding in the moon the secrets of her longing.

Silver moon upon the deep dark sky,
Through the vast night pierce your rays.
This sleeping world you wander by,
Smiling on men`s homes and ways.
Oh moon ere past you glide, tell me,
Tell me, oh where does my loved one bide?
Oh moon ere past you glide, tell me
Tell me, oh where does my loved one bide?
Tell him, oh tell him, my silver moon,
Mine are the arms that shall hold him,
That between waking and sleeping he may
Think of the love that enfolds him,
May between waking and sleeping
Think of the love that enfolds him.
Light his path far away, light his path,
Tell him, oh tell him who does for him stay!
Human soul, should it dream of me,
Let my memory wakened be.
Moon, moon, oh do not wane, do not wane,
Moon, oh moon, do not wane....

NOTES ABOUT THE 2nd EDITION
In the spring of 2009, John Parks, Professor of Percussion at Florida State University, contacted me telling me that the FSU Percussion Ensemble had performed my arrangement of Song to the Moon and that they had added a soprano soloist to the mix and it worked beautifully. He also informed me they would be recording the piece with soprano for their forthcoming CD release and asked if I might add some of the introductory material from the original opera scoring, featuring lush low strings and a brief harp cadenza. The FSU Percussion Ensemble CD, titled Volume One, features “Song to the Moon” with soprano soloist Marcía Porter in addition to works by David Skidmore, John Cage, Blake Tyson, Astor Piazzolla, and more. Here are the improvements that you will find in the new edition:

- Return to the original key of G-flat major. Because I had not originally intended for the arrangement to be performed with soprano, I put the piece in G major, transforming it from 6 flats to 1 sharp. By putting it in its original key, there is now the possibility of adding a soprano soloist with this aria in her repertoire.
- A new 27-bar introduction sets up the aria beautifully.

- A modified softer ending to better match the original aria.

- Phrase markings have been added to every part to clarify melodic intentions.

- Rolls markings in the marimba parts have been clarified throughout.

PERFORMANCE NOTES
- This arrangement was written to be performed as a percussion ensemble work without the original soprano soloist. It works perfectly well without it since the melody is written into the percussion parts.

- A vocal part is not included with this set of score and parts. If you are interested in adding a soprano soloist to the percussion ensemble arrangement, she may simply use her own vocal/piano score, as the music matches up perfectly.

- Vibraphone pedaling is left to the discretion of the performer. However, try to following the indicated phrase markings throughout and do not let too many of the notes bleed together.

- Marimbas should follow the roll indications very carefully throughout. Notes under phrase markings should be connected very smoothly, as if playing one long roll.

- Find a recording of the original version with soprano soloist and orchestra (Renee Fleming has several) and play it for yourself and your students. Become familiar with the performance practices associated with the aria, especially regarding tempo changes.

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