Posted By : Jeff Moore
Piece Title : Five Fantasies of Natural Origin
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Composer / Arranger : Gillingham, David (1947-)
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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 :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Mixed Chamber Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Flute and Marimba Duet
Instrumentation : Flute
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : Elizabeth Sadilek and Barry Larkin
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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 :2001 /  2001
Duration :15Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :4
Special Needs :NA
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Five Fantasies of Natural Origin was commissioned by Elizabeth Sadilek and Barry Larkin of Iowa State University. Their ensemble, the Sadilek/Larkin Flute and Percussion Duo, is in residency in the Department of Music. All of the five movements carry titles derived from the animal kingdom and were inspired by my brother (who is a noted herpetologist at Central Michigan University) who has had a lifelong of creatures of all sizes and shapes. the first movement, Soaring on the wings of an eagle, reflects the swift and graceful flight of this large and graceful bird with sweeping lyrical lines in the flute and the marimba. Elegy for those never again to be is a reference to animals that are now extinct, but also is very much inspired by the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Slithering serpentine counterpoint is a sort of "tongue-in-cheek" tribute to my herpetologist brother, which depicts the lightning-quick slinking of snakes through the grass with continous counterpoint between the flute and marimba. Slow dance of the last living dinosaur is the quintessential movement of the work, being inspired by my brother`s groundbreaking research of the Tuatara lizard in New Zealand. This lizard is, in fact, the last living dinosaur and its mating dance is described by the German term "Stoltzer gang", meaning proud walk. The final fantasy, Riding on the fast hooves of the gazelle, is suggestive of the speed and grace of the African gazelle depicted by some pretty fancy footwork by both flute and marimba.

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Posted By : Jeff Moore    Date Posted: 26 February 2009 05:59:00 AM
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