DISARCHITECTURE

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Piece Title : DisArchitecture
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Dificulty Rating :
Level : Junior / Senior
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 :4 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Percussion Quartet
Instrumentation : Bells / Bongos (Set of) / China Cymbal / Crash Cymbal / Crotales (Set of) / Kick Bass Drum / Log Drum (4 pitches) / Prayer Bowl / Resonant Metal Bowl / Sizzle Cymbal / Snare Drum / Static Whip / Vibraphone (x2)
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : UNT Percussion Ensemble
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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 :2011 /  2012
Duration :9Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :4
Special Needs :3 bass bows prayer bowl, and a 2-Octave set of crotales are needed for this piece
Sheet Music Available From :www.c-alanpublications.com      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

DisArchitecture is loosely based on the “deconstructionist” architecture of Frank Gehry. In the summer of 2006 I was fortunate to live across this river from Gehry’s transcendent Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain. Since then, I’ve been fascinated by the imaginative way Gehry reconciles visual chaos and disorder with mathematical elegance and function in his buildings.

Harmonically, the piece revolves around the two tonal centers of E and F. Each center features a four-chord progression embedded in various ways throughout, with one progression ascending to arrive on E (the “up” or “construction” motive) and the other descending to arrive on F (the “down” or “deconstruction” motive). The harmonic material is derived from different permutations and combinations of these motives as they act to subvert or complement each other.

For the various colors, textures, and moods of the piece, I drew specific inspiration from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. I sought to emulate the various shapes and visual momentum of this structure, which in some places is smooth and flowing and in others aggressive and angular. DisArchitecture is the product of a year-long fascination with Frank Gehry’s aesthetics and creative process; and my humble musical homage to his work.

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