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Hold Fast

By Casey McClure

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Hold Fast by Casey McClure. Percussion Ensemble. For Percussion Ensemble (Player 1 (Bells), Player 2 (Chimes), Player 3 (Vibraphone), Player 4 (Xylophone), Player 5 (4,3-oct Marimba), Player 6 (4.3-oct Marimba), Player 7 (4.3-oct Marimba), Player 8 (5-oct Marimba), Player 9 (4 Timpani), Player 10 (Triangle, Suspended Cymbal, Ba). Medium difficult. Score and parts. Duration 6:30. Published by C. Alan Publications (CN.01950).

A challenge to the listener to "hold fast" to the underlying rhythmic pulse established in the first sections of this work. Each section highlights different combinations of the wood and metal instruments as the pulse grows indistinct and is eventually lost. Suddenly, all players are caught up in a surge of power led by the timpanist. Driving rhythms force the music toward the climax as the ensemble revels in the restored pulse.

The title Hold Fast is literally a challenge to the listener to hold fast to the underlying rhythmic pulse established in the first sections of the work. This pulse is slowly usurped by changing meters and unequal divisions of the measures. Each section highlights different combinations of the wood and metal instruments. The pulse grows indistinct and is eventually lost. Finally, the music retreats in energy and volume as the players of the xylophone, vibraphone, and one marimba attempt to reestablish the pulse. Rolled chords by the remaining marimbists echo the initial harmonies of the work. Suddenly, all players are caught up in a surge of power led by the timpanist. The driving rhythms force the music toward the climax as the ensemble revels in the restored pulse.

About 2011 Midwest Clinic Performance Pieces

This title was performed at the 2011 Midwest Clinic, the largest band and choral educational conference in the United States. Over thirty performances are given each year by diverse ensembles of varying levels - elementary school, high school, college, military and more. Each performance title is carefully selected and represents the very best in educational sheet music. The Midwest Clinic aims to raise the standards of music education while supporting teachers and music educators.

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