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Piece Title : Barbaric Passages
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Level : Junior / Senior
Composer / Arranger : Moore, Joe W., III (1986-)
Composer / Arranger Details:

Joe W. Moore III is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Percussion Performance degree at the University of South Carolina where he studies with Dr. Scott Herring and Jim Hall.  He earned his Bachelor degree from the University of Central Florida, under the instruction of Jeffery Moore and Kirk Gay.  He also studied composition with Dr. Jay Batzner.

Joe’s performance career has included performances at various Days of Percussion in the Central Florida area, Walt Disney World as a student musician, The Magic Marimba Festival at the University of South Florida, the Florida and South Carolina Music Educators National Association Conferences, Ukemerge and Kaunas Lithuania, and Faculty and Honors Forums held by the UCF Music Department. His recent performances include the 2007 and 2009 Percussive Arts Society Collegiate Keyboard Competition in which he placed 2nd and 3rd, the University of South Carolina where he premiered his work entitled Unchained, the Magic Marimba Festival hosted by the University of South Florida where he also premiered his solo marimba work entitled Dawn, as a soloist with the University of Central Florida at the 7th International Drums and Percussion Festival Ukemerge, Lithuania, a performance in Kaunas Lithuania, and the University of Central Florida where he premiered Los Cinco De Clubs a Timpani solo written for Joe by Kirk J. Gay and Dimension 5 a multi-percussion duet, one of Joe’s original compositions.

As a composer for percussion Joe hopes to aid in the expansion of literature for all areas of percussion, especially for marimba, to help it become a more common solo instrument. He has written several pieces for this instrument that are both musically and technically challenging.  His compositions are primarily for percussion although he has written several chamber works for percussion and other instruments.   His most recent composition, entitled Denkyem, was written for the Denkyem Percussion Group, a percussion sextet formed by the graduate students at Florida State University. 

As an educator Joe has worked with high school performing ensembles in Columbia, SC and Orlando, FL. In January 2006, he served as the percussion coordinator of the 9th and 10th grade Florida All-State Band at the Florida Music Educators National Association Conference.  He is currently the director of the Palmetto Pans, the steel drum ensemble at the University of South Carolina.  Joe is a proud Pro-Mark Educational Endorser.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :2 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Percussion Duet
Instrumentation : Bongos (Set of) / Conga (x2) / Cymbal / Djembe / Field Drum (with snares) / Resonant Metal Sound (x2) / Surdo / Tambourine / Tom / Wood Block (x2)
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : Robert Giovanelli and Patrick Chapman
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 C Alan Publications
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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 :2011 /  2012
Duration :7Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :Various
Special Needs :The 5-Octave marimba is shared between the two players. The Surdo can be substituted with a bass drum and the djembe can be substituted with a low drum if needed.
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Barbaric Passages was commissioned by Robert Giovanelli and Patrick Chapman. This work was premiered on their joint recital at the University of South Carolina in the spring of 2011.

When writing this work I envisioned the barbaric nature of percussion from nation to nation and country to country. Most, if not all percussion instruments have a tribal nature about them and I wanted to portray this idea in the work. There was also a process in choosing the instrumentation. I chose the marimba, metal sounds, and wood sounds to represent the earth itself. I chose the drums to represent the tribal/war-like natures of different countries. The drums I have selected have war/tribal usage in their historical origin.

Most of all, I wanted to write a work that was fun and challenging for the performers, as well as engaging and enjoyable for the audience.

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