AFFIRMATION: CONCERTO FOR SOLO PERCUSSION AND ORCHESTRA

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Piece Title : Affirmation: Concerto for solo percussion and orchestra
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Level : Professional / Graduate
Composer / Arranger : Beall, Andrew
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“Affirmation shocked the audience – they were on their feet right after the performance!” – Da Ji Yuan News At Lincoln Center in 2008, Avery Fisher Hall became home for the world premiere of composer/percussionist Andrew Beall’s second major orchestral work: Affirmation, concerto for solo percussion and orchestra. Among others, the Concert Band arrangement has been performed by the U.S. Navy Band in Washington D.C. In 2004, Mr. Beall performed the world premiere of his Testament: Symphony for Marimba and Orchestra with the Tower Philharmonic, marking as the first marimba symphony in history ever to be composed or performed. Since the premiere, he has reduced the opus to a shorter Concerto, which has had performances with the Aspen Philharmonic and the Columbus Philharmonic. A multi-faceted performer, composer, educator, and entrepreneur, Mr. Beall sustains balance between the Symphonic, Broadway, Rock, and Marching arenas, as well as being the President of the Percussive Arts Society New York Chapter. As a freelance percussionist, he has performed on Broadway in The Lion King and Les Miserables, In The Heights,, Carnegie Hall with the Manhattan Pops Orchestra, and the Latin Grammy’s with artists such as Santana, Gloria Estefan, Andy Garcia, Patty LaBelle, Kenny G, John Legend, Jon Secada, and the Miami Sound Machine. Mr. Beall has appeared as a soloist around the world, including 15 recitals and 8 concerto performances.

 

In 2001, he won the D.C.I. Solo Marimba Competition, D.C.I. Percussion Ensemble Competition (with the Phantom Regiment drum & bugle corps), and the P.A.S.I.C. College Marimba Competition. He has placed 1st in concerto competitions at The Ohio State University and New York University, and 2nd at the MTNA National Young Artist Performer’s Competition. Mr. Beall spent a year as a cast member and snare drum soloist in the Australian stage spectacular, Rhythm of the Night. He has performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, American Brass Quintet, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Percussion Ensemble, Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Garden State Philharmonic, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Harmonie Symphony Orchestra, Gotham City Orchestra, Westchester Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and has toured Mexico with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. In November 2007, Mr. Beall was appointed Principal Timpanist/Percussionist of the Erato Chamber Orchestra of Chicago. Additionally, he tours as drummer for the New York-based rock sextet, Cordis and is a member of NY’s premiere outreach quartet, Percussion People and touring percussion trio, Axiom Percussion Group.

 

As a composer, Mr. Beall’s works have been performed at the top concert halls, conservatories, and music festivals around the world. In October ‘08, the Erato Chamber Orchestra premiered his Song of ‘Almah for marimba, soprano, and string orchestra in downtown Chicago. As a guest artist and clinician, he has presented concerts and workshops across the country, many featuring a portrait of his compositions. In the field of marching percussion, he has taught drum and bugle corps such as the Boston Crusaders, Santa Clara Vanguard, and Carolina Crown (having arranged the 2003 and 2009 winning D.C.I. percussion ensembles). He has also written and designed indoor percussion shows for Odyssey Percussion Theater and Surround Sound. Most recently, he was commissioned by the US Air Force Band to write a work for solo percussion and brass ensemble. Mr. Beall received his B.M. from the Manhattan School of Music, his M.A. from New York University, and was a Charles Owen Memorial Fellowship winner at the Aspen Music Festival. He is pleased to frequent his alma mater, Manhattan School of Music, to teach privately at their Pre-College. Mr. Beall’s debut studio CD, Deliverance, was released on BMP Records and received critical acclaim from PAS News. He is the President of two companies: Bachovich Music Publications and Beall Percussion Specialties, and is an endorsing artist/clinician for Innovative Percussion, Pearl Drum Corporation, Sabian Cymbals, and Evans Drumheads.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Mixed Chamber Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Percussion Concerto
Instrumentation : Bamboo Wind Chimes / Bere Boi / Bongos (Set of) / Chimes / China Cymbal (x2) / China Splash (x2) / Crash Cymbal (x2) / Cup Chimes / Field Drum / Finger Cymbals / Glass Wind Chimes / Hand Drum (x2) / Hi-Hats / Kick Bass Drum / Octoban (x4) / Sandpaper Blocks / Sizzle Cymbal / Splash Cymbal (x2) / Stirring Xylo / Timbales / Tom (x2)
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : NYC Chinese Youth Orchestra/Chi-Ching Lin
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Publisher :Bachovich Music Publications
Publishers Website :www.bachovich.com
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Year Composed / Copyright Date :2008 /  2008
Duration :22Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :Various
Special Needs :Rquires the following unique instruments: Bere-boi and Stirring Xylo. A superball mallet is also required for this work.
Sheet Music Available From :www.bachovich.com      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

 

I. DRIVEN
Every soul is driven to discover its purpose in life - to affirm its worth. For a few lucky ones, the purpose is revealed at a young age; for others the search can be a long, anxiety-filled, sometimes even frenzied journey. Full of confusion, panic, and the insistent "get on with your life" from well-meaning people, the search can quickly spiral into depression, overwhelming pressure, and ultimately complete exhaustion.....

 

II. DREAM ADAGIO
And then, almost organically, a ray of hope breaks through the depths of gloom. A glimpse of passion, a dream manifesting, one`s purpose begins to dawn. Tears dry and energy is reborn. Hope rises forth as the dream begins to develop with a clear meaning. The feeling is euphoric.

III. DANCE OF IDENTITY
The journey is not over. A struggle remains as the soul learns how to embrace its new-found passion. Courage and perseverance must blossom to sustain through the new frightening risks encountered along this un-chartered path. But, as hope promises, a defining moment finally arrives, as the soul calls this identity its own. Feeling truly alive, perhaps for the first time, a celebration bursts forth! The search is over! The soul dances with meaning, passion, identity! Value, triumph, affirmation!

Performance Notes

1. Timbale Sticks are recommended for the multi setup

2. Octobans can be substituted with roto-toms or high toms.

3. The Bere-Boi is a Brazilian instrument that looks like a miniature "lion`s roar" and makes an eerie "creaking" sound.

4. The Stirring Xylo is an instrument with resonant pine note bars , mounted on a round base, stirred on the inside.

5. The Glass Chimes, Bamboo Chimes, Bere-Boi, Superball Mallet, and Stirring Xylo are available at www. beallpercussion.com

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