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Ford-Standup Shadow(SP)

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""Standup Shadow" is a contemporary percussion quartet with a backstage narrator (not seen by the audience) and five surprise performers in the audience who each perform one crotale at a climactic portion of this ten-minute composition. Ea...
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""Standup Shadow" is a contemporary percussion quartet with a backstage narrator (not seen by the audience) and five surprise performers in the audience who each perform one crotale at a climactic portion of this ten-minute composition. Each performer of the basic percussion quartet requires a moderately-large multiple-percussion setup with player 1 functioning primarily with a marimba (4 1/3-octave; four-mallet technique necessary), player 2 performing on xylophone plus accessory percussion, player 3 performing on second marimba (4 1/3-octave) and vibraphone (both with four-mallet technique), and player 4 performing on five timpani plus a large multiple-percussion setup. Of critical importance to the success of "Standup Shadow" is the off-stage narrator (who is amplified with a microphone), who must stylize the mood of an almost "e.e. cummings"-like text (original from Ford as well). A conductor is optional, and the quartet also makes verbal sounds: such as the opening "hissing" sound that is imitated by brush strokes on drumheads. The music is dramatic and must be carefully rehearsed to create an improvisational interplay. This work will contrast the traditional percussion ensemble literature quite nicely, and it reveals a pensive, almost cerebral side of the typically humorous Ford compositional personae (e.g., "Head Talk"). Ford's attention to compositional detail and his involvement of unannounced audience members and an unseen narrator brings a surreal, avant-garde atmosphere to "Standup Shadow.""

- Jim Lambert Percussive Notes, June 1998

Number of Players: 4 (9)
Difficulty: Grade 4+
Instrumentation:
  • Player I: Marimba, Glass Wind Chimes, 2 Suspended Cymbals, Large Gong (sub tam-tam), 4 Tom-Toms, 2 Wood Blocks, 2 Cowbells

  • Player II: Sandpaper Blocks, Bells, Maracas, Xylophone, Suspended Cymbal, 2 Tom-Toms, "A" Chime Tube

  • Player III: Snare Drum, Marimba, Vibraphone, Mark Tree, Suspended Cymbal

  • Player IV: 5 Timpani, Bamboo Wind Chimes, Small Tam-Tam, 4 Log Drums, Bells, Finger Cymbal


  • * 5 performers in audience: Crotales (A,E,F#,C,D)

    Mark Ford is the coordinator of percussion activities at The University of North Texas in Denton, Texas and Immediate Past-President of the Percussive Arts Society. He is a marimba specialist and the director of one of the largest percussion programs in the United States at UNT. Ford has premiered a variety of new works for solo marimba, and he is the author of Marimba:Technique Through Music, a marimba method book. Ford has been a featured performer/clinician throughout the states at universities and at music conferences including PASIC, MENC, TMEA, Mid-West and CBDNA. Mark has also performed at International Music Festivals in South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. With several marimba and percussion CDs to his credit, Mark's recordings have further established his dedication to excellence in music.

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