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By Michael Tompkins

Percussion Ensemble Percussion Ensemble (Timpani, Crotales (+ Field Drum, Mounted Tambourine), Chimes (+ Impact Drum), Bells (+ 4 Concert Toms), Xylophone (+ Shaker), Vibraphone 1 (+ Vibraslap), Vibraphone 2 (+ Suspended Crash Cymbal), Marimba 1 (4-octave, 4-mallet), Marimba 2 (5-octave, 2 malle) - medium
Composed by Michael Tompkins. Percussion Music. Score and parts. Duration 4:20. Published by C. Alan Publications (CN.14260).

Item Number: CN.14260

Equinox is a piece inspired by the equal parts of dark and light that happen during an equinox. Its dark melodies and drum interludes make it an exciting piece that ends with incredible force.

The piece opens with a mood setting "in-your-face" statement that is sure to excite the audiences inner-musician and as the piece progresses, a constant ostinato in the first marimba takes over and pushes the piece forward. The Vibraphone 1 line is made as a "solo" and creates some unique melodies and moving lines, that give us a sense of direction. These solo passages become increasingly dark and complex and as we add performers to these solos, they become more open to interpretation, style and expression. This is a desired effect and should be communicated to the performers. The piece should be played very intensely. It is not meant to be a "pretty" piece. It is about power, and volume and it should be performed as such. The moving lines (vibraphone and other solos) should be played with musical expression and good sound quality, but not lose intensity. During the drum solos, the piece turns to a dark and powerful creation and, in a sense, evil.

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    Canton, Ohio
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  • January 18, 2008 This is a MUST BUY

    Our school recently played this piece for our winter concert. The crowd was on their feet at the end and the pure power of the writing is stunning. Pick this one up!

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