Dance of the Martians - Percussion Octet

Dance of the Martians - Percussion Octet

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[Percussion 1] Glockenspiel, Guiro, Xylophone
[Percussion 2] Vibraphone
[Percussion 3] Chime, Cowbell
[Percussion 4] Marimba
[Percussion 5] Bongo, Conga, Wood Block, Cymbals, Tambourine
[Percussion 6] Tom-toms, Guiro, Cymbals, Temple Block, Snare Drum, Tambourine, Slap Stick
[Percussion 7] Timpani (4)
[Percussion 8] Bass Drum

Commissioned by Takamatsu Kita Junior & Senior High School Band for the 2015 AJBA Ensemble Contest. The band club has separate junior high and high school ensembles. However, a combined percussion section was formed to participate in the high school small ensemble contest. It had five junior high and three high school students. Since ability levels varied widely, I adjusted the difficulty of each part. However, as an octet, each part carries a huge responsibility and all must contribute equally. I was also careful with instrumentation. No unique instruments are needed, and it's scored with various characteristic sounds depending on the scene.

The title has no particular meaning. It was an instinctive feeling from the atmosphere of the music.

Composed on November 18th, 2015. Premiered on January 10th, 2016 at Mikicyo Bunka Kouryu Plaza Meta Hall.

(Takayoshi Yoshioka)