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A Little D 'n A. Gilroy, Gary

 
Title

A Little D 'n A

Composer

Gary Gilroy

Instrumentation

Percussion ensemble

Publisher C.alan Publications
   
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INSTRUMENTATION

  • Timpani Gong (w/ rattan), Whip [timpani mutes]
  • Bells 2 Triangles (one muted w/ duct tape)
  • Xylophone Bass Sandpaper Blocks, Suspended Cymbal, Whip
  • Vibraphone Suspended Cymbal
  • marimba Suspended Cymbal
  • Chimes Marimba, Suspended Cymbal, Tenor Sandpaper Blocks
  • Percussion 1 [1 Player] Alto Sandpaper Blocks, Bongos, China Cymbal, Very Low Floor Tom, Hi-Hat, Snare Drum, Suspended Cymbal, Ride Cymbal, Vibraslap, Wind Chimes
  • Percussion 2 [1 Player] 2 Bass Drums (one muted), China Cymbal, Gong, Piccolo Sandpaper Blocks, Sizzle Cymbal, Splash Cymbal, Suspended Cymbal, Tambourine, Vibraslap, Whip

PROGRAM NOTES

A Little D ‘n' A was composed for Dr. Matthew Darling and the California State University, Fresno Percussion Ensemble specifically for their performance at the state convention of the California Music Educators Association on Thursday, March 15, 2007 in Ontario, California. The composer has had a long and wonderful working relationship with Dr. Darling since joining Darling on the faculty of the Music Department at California State University, Fresno in 1993. Gilroy, himself a percussionist, has always been a strong advocate of Dr. Darling and his terrific percussion program at Fresno State. It has been a rare occasion that Gilroy has missed the Percussion Ensemble Concert each semester during the past 13+ years. Time and time again, Dr. Darling's concert presentations have been inspirational to Dr. Gilroy in every respect: the students' playing is wonderful and the programming is stellar. It was with great pride that Dr. Gilroy responded to Darling's request and began to work on this short concert opener for the Percussion Ensemble's special appearance at the state convention.

The main theme of this work is based on the first two pitches of Dr. Darling's last name: "D" and "A". The third note of this motif is "G," the composer's initial for both his first and last name. This motif, simple yet effective, is heard throughout the composition in several key areas. The work celebrates the friendship and mutual respect these two professors have enjoyed together for more than a decade.

The middle of the composition explores the idea of "muted" and "open" sounds from a variety of metallic percussion instruments. The effect is often heard from a triangle in a number of works but in this composition, the technical demands of the muted and open passages are rather extreme. It requires that a small stand is used to suspend the two triangles; one muted with duct tape and the other hanging freely to generate an open sound. The splash cymbal enters next with a new rhythm layering in until the hi-hat and gong each interrupt, 8 and 16 bars later respectively. After all of this muted and open playing creates a nice groove, some of the mallet percussion enters with a new middle section based on D minor blues scale. The xylophone and marimba players each take an 8 bar solo during this time.

The blues section eventually gives way to another transition this time using a series of 4 graduated (piccolo, alto, tenor and bass) sets of sandpaper blocks (arranged stereophonically, please) to bring back the material from the first theme. The work closes with a driving push to the end accentuated by the whip among other percussion instruments.

COMPOSER BIO

Gary P. Gilroy is a professor of music at California State University, Fresno where he has served as Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Bulldog Marching Band since 1993. Prior to this appointment he served for a decade as Director of Bands at Fred C. Beyer High School in Modesto, California where his band was awarded several national honors as well as the International Sudler Shield Award from the John Philip Sousa Foundation. Dr. Gilroy is active as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States. Most notably, he has served as guest conductor for the Oregon All-State JHS Honor Band and the California All-State High School Symphonic Band. He is a three-time recipient of an ASCAP Composers Award. Dr. Gilroy is currently the President of the California Band Directors Association and has served eleven years on that board. He is a past President of the Fresno Madera Counties Music Educators Association and currently serves as the Western States Chair for the National Band Association.