PRELUDE TO PARADISE

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Piece Title : Prelude to Paradise
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Dificulty Rating :
Level : Professional / Graduate
Composer / Arranger : Remington, Jacob (1986-)
Composer / Arranger Details:

Jacob Remington is a percussionist/composer from Fort Worth, Texas. He began his musical studies with the piano at the age of seven, and continued with horn and guitar before eventually finding his way to percussion. As a performer, Jake has presented several solo recitals, and has been featured as a soloist in numerous concerts including the premier of Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble with the Texas Christian University Percussion Ensemble. He was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Paris International Marimba Competition, and was awarded third place at the 2004 Percussive Arts Society International Convention Marimba Competition. In addition to his work as a soloist, Jake has performed with several professional ensembles such as the London Contemporary Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. He is also a member of Ensemble Evolution, a percussion trio with Maria Finkelmeier and Charles Martin that is dedicated to the creation of new music. Jake is very passionate about the development and enrichment of percussion repertoire, and actively promotes this by composing new pieces and collaborating with other artists.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :10+ Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Large Percussion Ensemble
Instrumentation : Bells / Chains / Chimes / China Cymbal (x2) / Concert Bass Drum / Concert Toms (x3) / Crotales (Set of) / Gong (x2) / Hi-Hats / Kick Bass Drum / Ribbon Crasher / Sizzle Cymbal / Snare Drum / Suspended Cymbal / Triangle / Vibraphone (x2) / Xylophone
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : TCU Percussion Orchestra
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and Youtube Channel Owner. Recorded / Provided by:
 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 :2011 /  2011
Duration :8Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :Various
Special Needs :Bass bows for vibraphones.
Sheet Music Available From :www.c-alanpublications.com      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Prelude to Paradise was written to reflect my personal view of the chaotic events surrounding the end of days as they are depicted in the Book of Revelation. I’ve always found the vivid imagery in this story to be quite shocking and powerful, and I’ve strived to replicate those feelings through the music. Although the piece is not intended to chronicle the story, some important events and details of the book can be heard musically.

The number seven is one of the most significant numbers found in Revelation, and for that reason the piece is primarily metered in seven. There are numerous accounts in the book where ‘”the stars of heaven fall unto the earth,” and this is illustrated by densely harmonized, rapidly descending passages in the vibraphone and xylophone. Towards the middle of the piece, the symbolic opening of the seventh seal can be heard, as well as the subsequent “silence in heaven about the space of half an hour,” represented by 30 beats of (near) silence. The second half of the piece depicts Jesus marching onto mount Zion with the 144,000 who were redeemed from the earth, where he leads them into battle with the beast and onto their final judgments.

-Jacob Remington

Prelude to Paradise was premiered on October 12, 2011 by the Texas Christian University Percussion Orchestra (conducted by Dr. Brian A West,) at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, TX.

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