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Dayspring

for percussion ensemble
Level: Med-Easy
Duration: 3:10
Personnel: 8 players
Release Date: 2020
Product ID : TSPCE20-023
Price: $35.00
Item #: TSPCE20-023

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Description

Dayspring by Chad Floyd features a four-note motive that is presented at the very beginning by the keyboard instruments. This motive is presented throughout the piece in unison statements as well as being presented in a staggered fashion which creates an overlapping effect. The rhythm of the motive, four consecutive eighth notes, is used to structure the climatic point of the piece and is sometimes modified throughout in order to give variance to particular phrases. The keyboard instruments, which carry the weight of the motive, are backed by a core percussion group including the snare drum, bass drum, and timpani. This is a fun and upbeat piece and is perfect piece for an experienced middle school or beginning high school ensemble.

This piece comes as a professionally printed and bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or for tablet viewing.

Instrumentation

Glockenspiel

Xylophone

Vibraphone

2 marimbas—(1) 4-octave, (1) low A

2 timpani

Drums (snare drum, bass drum)

Ride cymbal

Accessories (triangle, tambourine)

Reviews

This uplifting piece utilizes a four-note motivic figure throughout the work. The motif is presented clearly at the beginning of the work, and it is gradually elaborated upon and manipulated. “Dayspring” inhabits a traditional harmonic world, often reminiscent of pop music, and various reharmonizations of the opening figure give the motif more mileage. 

The work has a moderate range of difficulty among the parts, but nothing is unattainable for an experienced middle-school ensemble. The keyboard parts are fun, but not overly elaborate; the same can be said for the drums. This piece works well for a young percussion octet and has theoretical pedagogical value built-in: discussions on motivic development and form can enrich the experience of the performers. “Dayspring” is light, fun, and energetic throughout. 

—Jamie Wind Whitmarsh
Percussive Notes
Vol. 59, No. 1, February 2021

Description

Dayspring by Chad Floyd features a four-note motive that is presented at the very beginning by the keyboard instruments. This motive is presented throughout the piece in unison statements as well as being presented in a staggered fashion which creates an overlapping effect. The rhythm of the motive, four consecutive eighth notes, is used to structure the climatic point of the piece and is sometimes modified throughout in order to give variance to particular phrases. The keyboard instruments, which carry the weight of the motive, are backed by a core percussion group including the snare drum, bass drum, and timpani. This is a fun and upbeat piece and is perfect piece for an experienced middle school or beginning high school ensemble.

This piece comes as a professionally printed and bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or for tablet viewing.

Instrumentation

Glockenspiel

Xylophone

Vibraphone

2 marimbas—(1) 4-octave, (1) low A

2 timpani

Drums (snare drum, bass drum)

Ride cymbal

Accessories (triangle, tambourine)

Reviews

This uplifting piece utilizes a four-note motivic figure throughout the work. The motif is presented clearly at the beginning of the work, and it is gradually elaborated upon and manipulated. “Dayspring” inhabits a traditional harmonic world, often reminiscent of pop music, and various reharmonizations of the opening figure give the motif more mileage. 

The work has a moderate range of difficulty among the parts, but nothing is unattainable for an experienced middle-school ensemble. The keyboard parts are fun, but not overly elaborate; the same can be said for the drums. This piece works well for a young percussion octet and has theoretical pedagogical value built-in: discussions on motivic development and form can enrich the experience of the performers. “Dayspring” is light, fun, and energetic throughout. 

—Jamie Wind Whitmarsh
Percussive Notes
Vol. 59, No. 1, February 2021



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