Monkey is the wildness of young monkeys, shrieking in unbridled pandemonium. The unsupervised frenzy-mongers eventually come face to face with the ominous threat of adult discipline.
The hour of scampering erupts. The mayhem escalates until young and old alike are indistinguishable. Simian hysteria overtakes all.
Note: no animals were harmed during the composition of this piece.
Commissioned by: University of Nevada Las Vegas, Thomas G. Leslie, conductor
24 November 1998, Las Vegas, Nevada
Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II (4 players minimum)
Trombone III (2 players minimum)
Piano (optionally amplified)
Perc. 1 (Glockenspiel)
Perc. 2 (Xylophone)
Perc. 3 (Marimba)
Perc. 4 (Tom-toms)
Perc. 5 (Bass Drum)
Perc. 6-7 (Sus. Cym., 2 Woodblocks [pitched approx. a fourth apart], Cowbell, Triangle, Vibraslap, large Tam-tam, Police Whistle)