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Mercury Rising

By Nathan Daughtrey

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Mercury Rising composed by Nathan Daughtrey. Percussion Ensemble. For Percussion Ensemble (Percussion 1 (bells, xylophone), Percussion 2 (3-octave vibraphone), Percussion 3 (4.3-octave marimba*), Percussion 4 (4.3-octave marimba*, bass drum), Percussion 5 (tam-tam, snare drum, suspended cymbal), Percussion 6 (4 concert toms, suspended cymbal), ). Percussion Music. Medium easy. Score and parts. Duration 5:20. Published by C. Alan Publications (CN.10520).

Featuring a balanced ensemble of keyboard and battery percussion, "Mercury Rising" is, in essence, a double fugue that gives all players the opportunity to shine.

Featuring a balanced ensemble of keyboard and battery percussion, "Mercury Rising" is, in essence, a double fugue that gives all players the opportunity to shine. After a brief anticipatory introduction, the tempo picks up and the keyboard percussion introduces the primary fugue theme (or subject), with entries by the marimba, the xylophone, and then the vibraphone. The battery joins the excitement before taking over the fugue subject, featuring the snare drum and concert toms. By the time the timpani takes over the subject, all members of the ensemble have entered leading to a climactic explosion at m. 72. After a brief developmental 3/4 section, in which fragments of the fugue subject are strewn about the ensemble, intensity continues to build to the end of the piece, as the theme appears in its loudest and fastest presentation yet.

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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