ROCK HOUSE CREEK

Posted By : ndaughtrey
Piece Title : Rock House Creek
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Level : Senior / Graduate
Composer / Arranger : Daughtrey, Nathan (1975-)
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 :2 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Keyboard Percussion Duet
Instrumentation : Vibraphone
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : Michael & Sara Wood
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 C Alan Publications
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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 :2007 /  2008
Duration :8Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :4
Special Needs :Optional Instruments: Mandolin, Banjo or other Bluegrass Instrument; Drum Set; Bass
Sheet Music Available From :http://www.steveweissmusic.com/product/1125888/mallet-duet      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Commissioned by Michael and Sara Wood, "Rock House Creek" is infused with the progressive bluegrass sounds that have emerged out of the last 10-15 years from such players as Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, and Mike Marshall. The work opens rather introspectively with hints of the grooves that are to come. It quickly moves into the first fast section that features solos in both the vibraphone and marimba with opportunities for improvisation. The mood begins to calm and transitions smoothly into a sweet, music box-like ballad using thematic material from the peaceful opening of the piece. The marimba also plays an more relaxed version of one of the groove motives from earlier in the piece. After a brief stint in 7/8, the ballad returns and moves into the final fast section, in which the time signature alternates between 4/4 and 7/8. Again, both instruments are alternately features in solo roles driving to the end of the work.

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