11 Players + clarinet
Instrumentation: Solo B-flat Clarinet, Bells & Xylophone, Vibraphone 1, Vibraphone 2 & Chimes, Marimba 1 (4-octave)*, Marimba 2 (4-octave)*, Marimba 3 (4.3-octave)*, Marimba 4 (5-octave)*, Timpani & Slapstick, Percussion 1 (snare drum, ribbon crasher, bongos, claves), Percussion 2 (hi-hat, 4 concert toms, suspended cymbal, temple blocks, wind chimes), Percussion 3 (bass drum**, tam-tam).
*Marimbas 1 & 3 may share a 4.3-octave instrument. Marimbas 2 & 4 may share a 5-octave instrument.
**A kick bass drum laid flat (or multi-bass drum) may be used in place of the concert bass drum whenever it instructs the player to dampen with a towel. A concert bass drum (without dampening) must be used from measure 108 through 129.
Originally written for solo clarinet and wind ensemble, Twitch was premiered at the 2016 Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic. The excitement from beginning to end is palpable. Even in the calmer sections, fast, syncopated motives are thrown around the percussionensemble to keep the drive alive.