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RedLine (percussion quartet)

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Originally written for solo piano in 1999, RedLine now exists in four arrangements, solo piano, wind ensemble, saxophone ensemble, and percussion quartet. This version for percussion quartet was commissioned by the SpinDrift Percussion Group. The rhythmic character and complexity of the piece makes it a perfect fit for a percussion ensemble.

The title is a play on the idea of “red-lining” an engine (i.e. pushing something to its limits) and the 1/9 subway (“red”) line in New York City, which I took to work each day when I worked at The Juilliard School from 1997-2006. It’s a fast, densely crowded train. The piece reflects the combination of these two ideas, and pushes the ensemble (and audience?) to the edge of endurance.

Genres:   Energetic

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General Info

Year(s) composed: 2005

Duration: 07:00

Commissioned by: SpinDrift Percussion Group

Technical Info

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Percussion 1:
Glockenspiel
Xylophone
Concert Bass Drum (shared with Perc. 4)
Set (BD, SN, HiHat)

Percussion 2:
Vibraphone
Marimba (shared with Perc. 4)

Percussion 3
Marimba
Chimes (shared with Perc. 1)

Percussion 4:
Marimba (shared with Perc. 2)
Concert Bass Drum (shared with Perc. 1)
Roto-toms
Snare Drum
Tam-tam