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Piece Title : Doors
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Dificulty Rating :
Level : Senior / Graduate
Composer / Arranger : Hall, David
Composer / Arranger Details:

Dave Hall is an Adjunct Professor of Percussion at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas.  Currently, he is pursuing a Doctorate in Percussion Performance at the University of North Texas, where he is a Teaching Fellow. At North Texas he has performed and recorded with the Wind Symphony, Percussion Ensemble, and on vibraphone with the One O’Clock Lab Band.  He holds a M.M. in Percussion Performance from TCU and a B.M. in Percussion Performance from the University of Nebraska. Mr. Hall’s experience in music is highly diverse, beginning with piano at the age of seven and later taking up violin and horn before starting percussion. This diversity continues today as he performs actively in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as a marimba soloist, drumset player, and timpanist, among other things.  He has also performed abroad in Spain, Puerto Rico, and at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy. He has played snare drum for the Phantom Regiment and Crossmen drum and bugle corps, the TCU PASIC Champion Indoor Drumline, and the Dallas Mavericks Drumline.  Mr. Hall appeared as a performer and teacher on the reality TV show “Tommy Lee Goes to College” and has also performed with Motley Crue.

Dave is an active composer, published through C. Alan Publications.  His work has been commissioned by and performed at various universities and high schools around the country. His percussion quartet Escape Velocity is the title track on TCU’s second percussion ensemble CD. His marching percussion arrangements have been played by the TCU and University of Nebraska Drumline/Front Ensembles as well as several high schools.  In addition to serving on TCU’s Percussion Staff in 2008-2009,  Dave served as Assistant Band Director and Coordinator of Percussion at Paschal High School in Fort Worth.  He has been blessed to study with some of the greatest percussion teachers in the world including Leigh Howard Stevens, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Ed Smith, Paul Rennick, Richard Gipson, Brian West, Joey Carter, Al Rometo, and Tony Falcone. Dave Hall is an educational artist for Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :10+ Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Large Percussion Ensemble
Instrumentation : Bass Drum (x4) / Bell Tree / Bells / China Cymbal (x2) / Concert Toms (x4) / Crotales (Set of) / Double Seconds Steel Pan / Flat Top Ride / Hi-Hats (x3) / Piano / Ride Cymbal / Sizzle Cymbal (x2) / Snare Drum / Suspended Cymbal (x4) / Tam-Tam (x3) / Triangle (x2) / Vibraphone (x2) / Windchimes
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : TCU Percussion Orchestra
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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 :2010 /  2011
Duration :9Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :Various
Special Needs :The Marimba 2 part can be played on a low A if a 4.5 octave marimba is not available.Two suspended cymbals are shared between all four marimbas. A tam-tam is shared between Percussion 1 and Marimba 3.
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Doors was commissioned by the TCU Percussion Orchestra and composed in 2010. I began to compose the piece by imagining a singular door opening in my mind (this can be heard in the first moments of the piece). This door led to a room with more doors, at which point I would pick one and move to another room with more doors still. I imagined each room as being affected by the previous rooms and reflective of the journey to that point. As motives from each room travel with the piece the sound of slamming doors can be heard, leaving the piece no option but to continue forward into more complex and sometimes disturbing realms. In this way the piece moves from light to dark, from innocence to experience. Instead of returning to simpler material, it continues to gather weight.

A reverent chorale appears in the middle and again at the end that is a harmonic summary of the entire piece. The chorale and the piece as a whole were composed as a requiem for my late father-in-law John Ruppel, who passed away unexpectedly in early 2010 as I had just begun to compose the piece. In an abstract way, Doors reflects the idea of appreciating and understanding a deeper form of beauty that can come only with experience, even though experience often comes at the price of such tragic events. As the piece progresses its own increasing darkness and complexity produce what I hope are the most clear and beautiful moments for the listener. The doors that continue to slam behind yield new doors ahead, illuminating the only direction we can go- forward.

- Dave Hall

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