by Jesus J. Martinez
Instrumentation: Glockenspiel (Crash Cymbals), Xylophone (Suspended Cymbal, Crotales, Whip). Vibraphone 1, Vibraphone 2, Marimba 1 (4.0-octave), Marimba 2 (4.0-octave), Marimba 3 (4.0-octave), Marimba 4 (5.0-octave), Timpani (3 drums), Wind Chimes, Percussion 1 (Splash Cymbal, Snare Drum, Chimes), Percussion 2 (China Cymbal, 4 Concert Toms, 2 Woodblocks, Suspended Cymbal, Wind Chimes, Bell Tree, Triangle), Percussion 3 (Bass Drum, Tam-Tam, Temple Blocks, Triangle)
One Minute to Midnight is based on the term “minutes to midnight” associated with the doomsday clock that represented probability of the threat of a global catastrophe during the late 1940’s. It is a fun, yet unnerving work for percussion orchestra that portrays a series of events that invigorated a combination of emotions such as fear, calmness, and intense exhilaration.