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Bloom by Michael A. McIntosh

Model # E-MM-BLM By: Innovative Percussion
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  • Overview

    • For 7 Players
    • Very Programmatic
    • Soundscape Accompaniment (Included)
    • High School Appropriate
    • Audience-Friendly
  • Item Details

    Bloom represents the life of a flower through percussion ensemble and electronic soundscape, told in three movements. Extremely programmatic, the intent of this 5' 30" piece will be extremely apparent to the audience, and would make a welcome addition to any high school percussion ensemble concert.

    The individual parts will comfortably challenge older high school students, but the true test is getting everybody to line up with the soundscape - it's computer-generated and cannot bend time.


    • Player 1: 5-Octave Marimba, Vibraphone*, Large Tom
    • Player 2: 4.5-Octave Marimba, Vibraphone*, Concert Toms (4)
    • Player 3: Vibraphone*, Bongos*
    • Player 4: 4.5-Octave Marimba, Vibraphone*, Snare Drums (2)
    • Player 5: Vibraphone*, Bongos*
    • Player 6: Vibraphone*, Bells, Field Drum
    • Player 7:
      • Vibraphone*, Suspended Cymbal
      • Gong, Splash Cymbals (3)
      • Ride Cymbal, Cymbal with Rivets

      *Players 1, 2, and 3 share a vibraphone while players 4, 5, 6, and 7 share the other. Players 3 and 5 also share a set of bongos.

    From the composer: Bloom is a percussion ensemble for 7 players and is to be performed with the modern soundscape provided. It tells a story of a day in the life of a flower complete with blossoming, bumblebees, and a rain shower into nightfall.

    Mvmt. 1 "Blossom" - The piece starts with all players surrounding the two vibraphones. The opening notes (with vibe motors on), either bowed or played with soft mallets, should be very random and personal by each player. One by one the performers peel away as if to represent the flower slowly opening. The accelerando represents the petals blooming as the piece modulates in key from Ab to Bb, to B and finally CM representing music in full bloom.

    Mvmt. 2 "Bumblebuzz" - This movement is all about the membranes. The 'bees' are approaching! Militaristic in style, this movement is about nature's groove. Please adhere strictly to the dynamics in order to give the piece movement, life and motion. This piece is light-hearted and fun to play as the performers interact with the soundscape.

    Mvmt. 3 "Raindrop Drink" - This movement embodies an earthy downpour providing a quenching drink. The opening descending motive of C, B, G, E and C is woven throughout as the sounds of rain mixed with organic percussion creates an introspective overall texture. The ending chord structure is reverent of the calming rain shower. As the rain fades away, the players return as they began, representing our flower slowly closing to the peaceful sounds of nightfall. - Michael A. McIntosh

  • Specifications

    Name Bloom by Michael A. McIntosh
    Brand Innovative Percussion
    Model # E-MM-BLM
    UPC Code [Error processing dynamic tag getCurrentAttribute('item', 'upccode') : record invtpart 88994 not found]
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    Number of Orchestra Bells1
    Number of Crotales
    Number of Vibes2
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    Number of Marimbas3
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    Includes Rhythm SectionNo
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    DifficultyMedium +
    Number of Mallets7
    Number of Performers7
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    Author/ComposerMcIntosh, Michael A.
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    State ListTexas (Grade 1)
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  • Returns & Shipping


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    Every single order that goes out the door has a tracking number that will be emailed to you, and all of it is completely insured. Everything is carefully packed by hand - we know just how delicate this stuff can be, and how important it is to you.

    We ship from centrally-located Dallas, Texas. Howdy y'all!

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