Easy/Medium Concert Percussion
by Stuart P. O'Neil
Instrumentation: Flute (solo), Glockenspiel, Xylophone (shared), Chimes, 3 timpani, Bass drum, Tam tam, Accessories (cabasa, temple blocks, mounted ratchet, mounted triangle)
Written for percussion ensemble and solo flute, Clockwork plays on the timbral characteristics found in different types of clocks. Held together by the steady tick-tock of the temple blocks, the piece blends an original flute theme with two iconic clock chimes. This medium-easy arrangement concludes with overlapping ostinati at the players’ independent tempi. The effect—imagine being in a clock shop at the top of an hour—is a great opportunity to share a more contemporary compositional device with your ensemble. Clockwork comes as a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing individual parts and a recording.