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percussion I: 5 tom toms (high to low), roto-toms (toms may be substituted), triangle, vibraslap, guiro
percussion II: vibraphone (with mallets & bow), xylophone, suspended cymbal, claves, whistle (ref’s whistle), guiro (either a 2nd one or share perc 1’s), slapstick
percussion III: marimba, crotales (range: F#4 to B5), snare, 5 wood blocks (high to low) (share with perc 4), suspended sizzle cymbal, 2 brake drums
percussion IV: bass drum, 4 almglocken (tuned E, F, F#, G# or relative high to low pitch), glockenspiel, 5 wood blocks (high to low) (share with perc 3)
Score contains choregraphed material. May be performed without them.
This work was written for the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble, under the direction of H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery.
When I was a masters student at McGill University in Montréal, I attended a wind symphony rehearsal and during the break some of the performers were horsing around and the bassoonist pretended to shoot the clarinet with an imaginary projectile from his bassoon and the clarinetist shot back. This comical little image has stayed with me for years and when Robert asked me to write a work for the wind symphony I took this idea and turned it into a work that would be a musical game for the players.
jeux des vents (games for winds) starts as a fugue and then goes downhill from there.
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