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Whirlwind by David R. Gillingham

Model # 17710 By: C. Alan Publications
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  • Overview

    • For 8 Percussionists
    • Keyboard-Heavy
    • Perpetual Motion
    • Mostly Lydian/Mixolydian
    • Difficulty: Advanced
    • Duration: 6:00
  • Item Details

    Whirlwind by David R. Gillingham is a keyboard-heavy ensemble for 8 percussionists. This whole piece is centered around a combination of Lydian and Mixolydian modes, giving it an uplifting feeling for the entire duration - this is amplified by the almost never-ending 16th notes being passed around the ensemble.

    Like many of his other works, this piece has a feeling of grandness because of the full orchestration - rarely are there less than 5 people playing at the same time. All of the parts move quickly, and the keyboard players will see a lot of black on their pages.

    Whirlwind is short enough to easily fit into the program of any college percussion ensemble, and is very accessible to the audience.

    Difficulty: Advanced

    Duration: 6:00


    • Player 1
      • Bells, Xylophone, Vibraphone
      • Crotales, Crash Cymbals
    • Player 2:
      • Vibraphone, Chimes
    • Player 3
      • Temple Blocks, Brake Drum, Bongos
      • Suspended Cymbal, Crash Cymbal, Gong
    • Player 4
      • Concert Toms (4), Small Bass Drum, Congas
      • Hi Hats, Crash Cymbals
    • Players 5, 6, 7:
      • 4-Octave Marimbas (3)
    • Player 8:
      • 5-Octave Marimba

    From the composer: "Whirlwind" is based on motives derived from a mixture of the Lydian and Mixolydian modes using the lower pentachord of the Lydian scale and the upper quadrachord of the Mixolydian scale.

    The work is virtually perpetual motion driven by continuous 16th notes. The motion is interrupted a couple times within the course of the piece, but hints of the 16th note motion still remain. After the introduction ad the initial statement of the three motives, the piece continually alternates and develops the motives in a sort of Baroque "Fortspinnung" manner. The motion drives to a grand moment where Motive 2 is stated in a grandioso style at measure 174. A sweet reminiscence of Motive 3 follows and segues into a rousing coda. - David R. Gillingham

  • Specifications

    Name Whirlwind by David R. Gillingham
    Brand C. Alan Publications
    Model # 17710
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    Author/ComposerGillingham, David R.
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    State ListTexas (Grade 1), Florida (Grade 5)
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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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