Duration ca. 13:00
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Solo Percussion (Marimba, Vibraphone, 4 Toms, Bongos, Snare Drum)
Bb Clarinet 1-3
Alto Saxophone 1-2
F Horn 1-4
Bb Trumpet 1-3
Percussion 1 (suspended cymbal, triangle, china cymbal)
Percussion 2 (bass drum, tam tam, hi hat, concert toms)
Mallets 1 (crotales, xylophone)
Mallets 2 (chimes, bells)
The concept behind Transitions is that of a single day and the gradual shifts and changes within it. There are three distinct but related segments in the piece in a slow-fast-slow format of uninterrupted movements entitled Dawn, Day, and Dusk. Within the faster middle movement is a percussion cadenza. The melodic and harmonic content of "Transitions" is based almost entirely on the B half-whole octatonic scale. The opening pitches in the solo vibraphone form the primary motive of the work and bring continuity to the piece as a whole. After the first statement, this motive is immediately restated in the accompaniment, later used as punctuation tones in the cadenza, and finally restated in retrograde in the final measures of the work, again in the solo vibraphone, as an indication of the inevitable connection to the start of a new day. "Transitions" is truly an exciting and challenging work for the soloist including virtuosic material on both pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments. This work will captivate any audience with its musical contrasts and fascinate them with the visually stimulating choreography in the soloist's performance.
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
Josh Gottry’s (b. 1974) first composition, Irrelevant for solo marimba, earned him an ASCAP Young Composer Competition grant in 1995. Since that time, he has been selected for numerous ASCAP Plus awards and has created over forty published works that have been performed extensively at universities, junior high and high schools, and multiple national conferences. Mr. Gottry earned his BM in Percussion Performance at Northern Arizona University and his MM in Composition at Arizona State University. He is currently an adjunct professor of music at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, teaching courses in music theory, composition, and percussion. Additionally, Mr. Gottry works with percussion ensembles and private students at all grade levels as a clinician and within his private lesson studio. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), and the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI), and is a clinician for Mike Balter Mallets, Pro-Mark Sticks, and Yamaha Percussion. Mr. Gottry currently serves as President for the Arizona State Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, is a member of the PAS Education and Composition Committees, and has presented clinics at the Arizona Music Educators Association Conference and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.