by Jim Casella
Instrumentation: Glockenspiel, Chimes, Xylophone, 2 vibraphones, 3 marimbas—(2) low A, (1) low C*, 4 timpani, Piano (or electric keyboard), Drums (snare drum, 4 concert toms, field drum, bongos, bass drum), Cymbals & gongs (suspended cymbal, sizzle cymbal, china cymbal, hi-hat, ride cymbal, splash cymbal, pair of crash cymbals, tam-tam), Accessories (guiro, ratchet, thunder sheet, propane tank, sleigh bells, ribbon crasher, 2 cowbells, claves, tambourine, triangle (with optional water bin for pitch bend), small shaker, temple blocks, mark tree, ocean drum, vibraslap, slapstick vibra tone)
*Adaptable to a low A
Jim Casella’s work Truth or Consequence was written during the convergence of 2016 and 2017. Casella states, “As I write this, it is a time where facts are selective and manipulated in ways to calibrate media coverage for political gain. As a result, the concept of truth has been endangered to the point where personal opinion can be passed off as fact however false it may be. This frightens me, and I fear the consequences the world will face as a result.”
The work is an abstract expression of darkness, tension, surprise, power, and anger. Full of action, colorful vocal effects, and recurring syncopation it has a cinematic quality that doesn’t relent and is sure to engage intermediate percussion students as well as audiences.
Truth or Consequence comes with a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing an audio recording and all individual parts available for printing.