by Seth Adams
Instrumentation: Glockenspiel, Chimes, Vibraphone (can be doubled), 2 marimbas—low A, 4 timpani, Cymbals (large suspended cymbal, small suspended cymbal, crash cymbals), Drums (timbales, congas, bass drum), Tam tam, Accessories (2 shakers, windchimes, rainstick, vibraslap, cabasa, triangle, ocean drum), Piano, Bass guitar
The River is a groove-oriented piece depicting a trip down New Hampshire’s Ammonoosuc River, known for its beautiful waterfalls and chilly, clear water. The opening portrays a ride down the rocky waters, twisting and turning through a mountainous area. The music shifts to darker tones halfway through the piece, symbolizing a plunge underwater as the journey continues downstream, culminating in a percussive tumble down a rocky waterfall. A restatement of the beginning material follows, suggesting playful eddies and swift currents until the adventure finally slows to a stop at the edge of a quiet pool. This engaging work includes solo opportunities and skillfully exploits the wealth of timbres and techniques available in a percussion ensemble.
The River comes as a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing individual parts and a recording.