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The Impossible Machine (Perpetual Motion)

By Erik Morales

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Concert band - Grade 2.5-3
Composed by Erik Morales. Concert Band. FJH Young Band. Score and set of parts. Duration 2 minutes, 45 seconds. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.B1339).

Item Number: FJ.B1339

For centuries, mankind has been searching for sources of eternal power. Inventors and tinkerers have conceived fabulous devices that can operate by producing their own energy, or perpetual motion. Unfortunately, these machines are impossible and the inv
The musical work is based on a repeating rhythm in common time. I call this rhythm the "eternal sequence," and it is used extensively. It represents the boundless energy that is created by the impossible machine. Many chordal suspensions are used to give an ethereal, otherworldly quality. The free-flowing and transparent form allows the work to develop in an unconventional way, allowing melodic themes to connect and unfold. As an exercise, I recommend that the entire group clap the eternal sequence with a metronome to keep tempo. This will solidify the rhythm in the minds of the players. Once the rhythm is mastered, the piece will be easier to execute.

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Appropriate for middle school and smaller high school groups. Second clarinets usually stay below the break. Parts are written with more independence, and instrumentation increases slightly. There is still adequate doubling in the lower voices. Grades 2 - 2.5

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