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Faith and Fortitude

for percussion ensemble
Level: Med-Advanced
Duration: 6:40
Personnel: 11 players
State Lists: Texas | Florida
Release Date: 2022
Product ID : TSPCE22-027
Price: $45.00
Item #: TSPCE22-027

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Description

Julie Davila's Faith and Fortitude is a medium-advanced percussion ensemble piece that explores a range of emotions motivated by adversity and the resilience one can draw from such an experience. Davila completed the work after experiencing the trials and tribulations of her daughter's critical health experience, which reaffirmed her views on strength, perseverance, and faith. The piece draws specific inspiration from the word "faith" and its five-letter structure. This pentagonal structure prompts various five-note themes, quintuplet rhythmic figures, and other musical treatments based upon the number five. Its wide range of emotions will give performers opportunities to craft their musicianship and provide audiences with a relatable theme.

Faith and Fortitude is written for eleven performers across traditional and nontraditional found percussion instruments. It features four marimba parts (two low-A, one low-F and one 5-octave), two vibraphones, a glockenspiel, chimes, timpani, and two auxiliary percussion parts.

Faith and Fortitude ships as a printed, professionally bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or tablet viewing.

Instrumentation

Glockenspiel 

Chimes

2 vibraphones

4 marimbas — (2) low A, (1) low F, (1) 5-octave

5 Timpani

Drums — concert bass drum, 8 concert toms, djembe, 1 impact drum, low/floor tom, snare drum

Cymbals & gongs — China cymbal, hi-hat, 2 splash cymbals, 6 suspended cymbals, tam-tam

Accessories — 5 bell plates, brake drum, 2 metal bowls, triangle, woodblock, vibraslap, 2 Vibra-Tones

Reviews

Written during a challenging time in Julie Davila’s life, “Faith and Fortitude” uses a thematic structure of five notes representing the five letters in the word “faith.” Likewise, quintuplets are a rhythmic theme used throughout the piece. This large percussion ensemble contains a wide sonic palette where the pitched and unpitched instruments often share the roles of theme, ostinato, and embellishment.

“Faith and Fortitude” requires a large percussion section with a full instrument inventory. For schools that have the resources it contains some valuable pedagogical opportunities. The glockenspiel and chime parts are a lot less involved than the other mallet parts and are a good option for beginning players. Likewise, the timpani part isn’t overly difficult and would be a good opportunity for a student needing more experience. More advanced students have the opportunity to play fast four-mallet marimba parts, or experiment with vibraphone dampening.

This piece has changing meters and provides a good opportunity for students to get comfortable with switching between simple and complex meters. The quintuplets occur throughout, both as eighth notes and sixteenth notes. “Faith and Fortitude” is not easy, but at just over four minutes it is structured in a way to make it a doable learning experience for players who have some reading background. It would be a good choice for an advanced high school or undergraduate percussion ensemble wanting to work on quintuplets, changing meters, and polyrhythms in ensemble playing.

—Marilyn K. Clark Silva
Percussive Notes
Vol. 61, No. 2, April 2023

Description

Julie Davila's Faith and Fortitude is a medium-advanced percussion ensemble piece that explores a range of emotions motivated by adversity and the resilience one can draw from such an experience. Davila completed the work after experiencing the trials and tribulations of her daughter's critical health experience, which reaffirmed her views on strength, perseverance, and faith. The piece draws specific inspiration from the word "faith" and its five-letter structure. This pentagonal structure prompts various five-note themes, quintuplet rhythmic figures, and other musical treatments based upon the number five. Its wide range of emotions will give performers opportunities to craft their musicianship and provide audiences with a relatable theme.

Faith and Fortitude is written for eleven performers across traditional and nontraditional found percussion instruments. It features four marimba parts (two low-A, one low-F and one 5-octave), two vibraphones, a glockenspiel, chimes, timpani, and two auxiliary percussion parts.

Faith and Fortitude ships as a printed, professionally bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or tablet viewing.

Instrumentation

Glockenspiel 

Chimes

2 vibraphones

4 marimbas — (2) low A, (1) low F, (1) 5-octave

5 Timpani

Drums — concert bass drum, 8 concert toms, djembe, 1 impact drum, low/floor tom, snare drum

Cymbals & gongs — China cymbal, hi-hat, 2 splash cymbals, 6 suspended cymbals, tam-tam

Accessories — 5 bell plates, brake drum, 2 metal bowls, triangle, woodblock, vibraslap, 2 Vibra-Tones

Reviews

Written during a challenging time in Julie Davila’s life, “Faith and Fortitude” uses a thematic structure of five notes representing the five letters in the word “faith.” Likewise, quintuplets are a rhythmic theme used throughout the piece. This large percussion ensemble contains a wide sonic palette where the pitched and unpitched instruments often share the roles of theme, ostinato, and embellishment.

“Faith and Fortitude” requires a large percussion section with a full instrument inventory. For schools that have the resources it contains some valuable pedagogical opportunities. The glockenspiel and chime parts are a lot less involved than the other mallet parts and are a good option for beginning players. Likewise, the timpani part isn’t overly difficult and would be a good opportunity for a student needing more experience. More advanced students have the opportunity to play fast four-mallet marimba parts, or experiment with vibraphone dampening.

This piece has changing meters and provides a good opportunity for students to get comfortable with switching between simple and complex meters. The quintuplets occur throughout, both as eighth notes and sixteenth notes. “Faith and Fortitude” is not easy, but at just over four minutes it is structured in a way to make it a doable learning experience for players who have some reading background. It would be a good choice for an advanced high school or undergraduate percussion ensemble wanting to work on quintuplets, changing meters, and polyrhythms in ensemble playing.

—Marilyn K. Clark Silva
Percussive Notes
Vol. 61, No. 2, April 2023


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