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Fade (Free)

for drumset soloist with percussion ensemble
Level: Med-Advanced
Duration: 5:00
Personnel: 11 players
State Lists: Florida
Release Date: 2022
Product ID : TSPCE22-030
Price: $49.00
Item #: TSPCE22-030

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Description

Dissolve into the hypnotic and energetic world of Clif Walker's Fade (Free). This medium-advanced work is a contemporary treatment of the traditional percussion ensemble with the inclusion of piano, bass guitar, and a featured drumset soloist. From the title, Fade refers both to the act of disappearing, realized through the many decrescendos throughout the piece, and the pitch sequence F-A-D-E. (Free) suggests the freedom that the drumset solist can enjoy within the context of the given parameters of the composition.

This piece provides the ensemble and soloist ample opportunities to flex their artistic range and expressivity through both subtle and bold musical moments. The recurring decrescendos and modern harmonic language paired with punctuated rhythmic figures and blazing fast drumset licks provide an invigorating addition to percussion ensemble literature.

Fade (Free) ships as a printed, professionally bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or tablet viewing.

Instrumentation

  • Crotales (high octave)
  • Glockenspiel
  • 2 Vibraphones
  • Chimes
  • Xylophone
  • 2 Marimbas — (1) low A, (1) low F
  • 4 Timpani
  • Drumset
  • Piano
  • Bass guitar
  • Accessories — 3 cowbells, temple blocks, 3 triangles, vibraslap

Reviews

“Fade (Free)” for drum set soloist and percussion ensemble is a good addition to the percussion ensemble with drum set soloist repertoire. The composer states, “Fade refers both to the act of disappearing, realized through the many decrescendos throughout the piece, and the pitch sequence F-A-D-E. (Free) suggests the freedom that the drum set soloist can enjoy within the context of the given parameters of the composition.”

The solo drum set part is a great opportunity to showcase a player with some chops. The part is fast, syncopated, and leaves some space for improvisation. The performer needs to have a wide dynamic range (especially softer dynamics) to be successful with this part. The player also needs to have solid time and the ability to push and pull in places. There is a 15–30 second improvised cadenza in the middle, but otherwise the part is very well notated and straightforward.

The percussion ensemble, piano, and bass parts are simple and serve only as accompaniment, al-lowing the soloist to supply the primary material. This allows for younger or less experienced players to be part of this large, exciting piece. The marimba and one of the vibraphone players should have a solid grasp on four-mallet playing. If you are looking for a piece to feature a drum set soloist and an intermediate percussion ensemble “Fade (Free)” is your answer.

—Joe Millea
Percussive Notes
Vol. 61, No. 3, June 2023

Description

Dissolve into the hypnotic and energetic world of Clif Walker's Fade (Free). This medium-advanced work is a contemporary treatment of the traditional percussion ensemble with the inclusion of piano, bass guitar, and a featured drumset soloist. From the title, Fade refers both to the act of disappearing, realized through the many decrescendos throughout the piece, and the pitch sequence F-A-D-E. (Free) suggests the freedom that the drumset solist can enjoy within the context of the given parameters of the composition.

This piece provides the ensemble and soloist ample opportunities to flex their artistic range and expressivity through both subtle and bold musical moments. The recurring decrescendos and modern harmonic language paired with punctuated rhythmic figures and blazing fast drumset licks provide an invigorating addition to percussion ensemble literature.

Fade (Free) ships as a printed, professionally bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or tablet viewing.

Instrumentation

  • Crotales (high octave)
  • Glockenspiel
  • 2 Vibraphones
  • Chimes
  • Xylophone
  • 2 Marimbas — (1) low A, (1) low F
  • 4 Timpani
  • Drumset
  • Piano
  • Bass guitar
  • Accessories — 3 cowbells, temple blocks, 3 triangles, vibraslap

Reviews

“Fade (Free)” for drum set soloist and percussion ensemble is a good addition to the percussion ensemble with drum set soloist repertoire. The composer states, “Fade refers both to the act of disappearing, realized through the many decrescendos throughout the piece, and the pitch sequence F-A-D-E. (Free) suggests the freedom that the drum set soloist can enjoy within the context of the given parameters of the composition.”

The solo drum set part is a great opportunity to showcase a player with some chops. The part is fast, syncopated, and leaves some space for improvisation. The performer needs to have a wide dynamic range (especially softer dynamics) to be successful with this part. The player also needs to have solid time and the ability to push and pull in places. There is a 15–30 second improvised cadenza in the middle, but otherwise the part is very well notated and straightforward.

The percussion ensemble, piano, and bass parts are simple and serve only as accompaniment, al-lowing the soloist to supply the primary material. This allows for younger or less experienced players to be part of this large, exciting piece. The marimba and one of the vibraphone players should have a solid grasp on four-mallet playing. If you are looking for a piece to feature a drum set soloist and an intermediate percussion ensemble “Fade (Free)” is your answer.

—Joe Millea
Percussive Notes
Vol. 61, No. 3, June 2023


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