A challenging single-movement work for advanced ensembles, "The Glass Prison" employs aleatory and sound mass techniques, but within a traditional band scoring and notational paradigm.
Duration ca. 9:00
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Bb Clarinet 1
Bb Clarinet 2
Bb Clarinet 3
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone 1
Eb Alto Saxophone 2
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet 1
Bb Trumpet 2
Bb Trumpet 3
Bb Trumpet 4
F Horn 1
F Horn 2
F Horn 3
F Horn 4
Percussion 1 (Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Suspended Cymbal)
Percussion 2 (Tam_Tam, Bass Drum, Wind Chimes, Suspended Cymbal, 4 Concert Toms)
Percussion 3 (Bells, Chimes, 3-oct Vibraphone, Suspended Cymbal)
Percussion 4 (2-oct Crotales, Xylophone, Chimes, 4.5-oct Marimba)
"The Glass Prison" is an eight-minute work for symphonic band composed for Dr. Carol Hayward and the Bowling Green State University Concert Band. A challenging work for collegiate ensembles, "The Glass Prison" employs aleatory and sound mass techniques, but within a traditional band scoring and notational paradigm.
The piece is cast in a single movement through-composed framework with referential relationships among the sections. The overall form is built on contrasting sections of temporal ambiguity, decisive rhythmic drive and lyrical melodies. Aleatoric gestures incorporating directed improvisation are used to create temporal ambiguity, as are sound mass techniques employing moments of dense and rhythmically complex counterpoint. The rhythmically driving sections are built on motives taken from the melodies and are at fast tempi. The lyrical melodies occur in many parts of the piece and are usually accompanied by homophonic chorales or serve as the lead line over rhythmic ostinati.
The wind band medium is a young genre whose directors actively seek out new music that stretches boundaries by employing techniques such as aleatory and sound mass. With "The Glass Prison" I have expanded my own compositional techniques in writing for wind band, while simultaneously contributing a challenging piece to this growing genre.
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
Award-winning composer Noah D. Taylor (b. 1982) is an exciting and versatile young talent noted as having an “extraordinary gift” and a “grand compositional voice with an immense melodic range.” At 16, Taylor had his first symphonic band works premiered. Merely eight year later, his concert works have become internationally published and performed. His Concerto No. 1 in D Minor for marimba and orchestra was premiered at the Capital University NOW Music Festival by marimbist Brenton Dunnington and the Capital University-Bexley Community Orchestra in 2005. Since its debut, this concerto has been nationally recognized and performed. Taylor was recently featured as the guest composer at The University of Minnesota’s Percussion Extravaganza. There, his work The Hunt for marimba & percussion ensemble was premiered along with the marimba concerto.
Taylor’s prolific work for symphonic band has also become celebrated. His piece Condition Red for symphonic band has been widely performed at music conservatories around the nation, with feature performances at the 2004 College Band Directors National Association convention in Cincinnati, Ohio; Kansas State University, Capital University and Ball State University. Most recently, Taylor was awarded first prize in the 2005 North American Student Composer Competition, sponsored by the Boston Metropolitan Wind Symphony, who has commissioned him a new work.
Taylor graduated with a master of music in music composition from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor of music in music composition from the Capital University Conservatory of Music. He has studied with influential composers, ranging from James Swearingen, Rocky Reuter and Barry Kopetz to Marilyn Shrude, Burton Beerman and Elainie Lillios.
In the summer of 2009 Taylor enlisted in the United States Army and is serving proudly as a band musician. He completed training at the United States Army Element School of Music in Little Creek, Virginia. Taylor is currently serving with the U.S. Army Medical Command Band, located in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.