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Piece Title : Skylight
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Level : 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 :2 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Percussion Duet
Instrumentation : Crotales (Set of) / Patio Wind Chimes / Triangle (x3) / Vibraphone / Windchimes
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : Maria Finkelmeier and Jacob Remington,
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 C Alan Publications
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Publisher :C. Alan Publications
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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 /  2012
Duration :9Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :4
Special Needs :A vibraphone with a motor is required. A two-octave set of crotales is also required. You will also need 3 bass bows and a hard plastic mallet for pitch bending.
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Written for and commissioned by Maria Finkelmeier and Jacob Remington, Dave Hall`s Skylight is a technically & musically demanding percussion duet infused with intriguing textures & instrument combinations.


Instructions for Aleatoric Section

1. Catch the decay of the marimba before m. 106 with the chimes and gently begin with both sets of chimes. Vibes layer in very softly with sparse triangle notes (use 1-3 triangles, the more overtones the better). Start playing very sparse notes on the crotales here as well- using notes B, D, C, F#. Avoid linear patterns and try to blend with the shimmer of the triangles and chimes. Use very small triangle beaters on the triangles AND crotales. Between the wind chimes, triangles, and crotales, Player 1 creates a gentle yet randomized texture of twinkles and sparkles.

2. Marimba fades in almost imperceptibly with dead strokes in the upper register (all notes above middle C). These notes should sound like raindrops, starting with a barely present sprinkle and gradually building to only a light drizzle. Start with C, D, and F# in different octaves and then gradually start to incorporate B and then later G. Avoid linear patterns at first- this effect should slowly coalesce into the pattern in m. 108. After a while the notes start to center around the pattern at letter K, and the dead strokes gradually evolve into open tones. The ostinato in m. 108 can be hinted at once or twice (still with irregular rhythm and some dead strokes) before it begins in earnest. Player 2 will cue m. 108.

3. Right after event two begins, a separate event starts in the lower register of the marimba. At a volume slightly louder than all the twinkles and sparkles, play the lowest F on the marimba followed close after (about a second or two) by the F# below middle C. This minor 9th interval should be played open (not dead stroked) and slurred from the bottom note to the top. After a few statements in that octave, play it up an octave a few times, and then again up an octave. At this point this open motive meets with the raindrop motive and becomes the first and fourth notes of the ostinato at letter K. Try to pace events two and three as smoothly as possible so when they join each other in m. 108 it’s a believable metamorphosis.



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