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Normandy Beach - 1944 by David R. Gillingham

Model # 02130 By: C. Alan Publications
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  • Overview

    • Marimba Quartet with 2 Percussionists
    • On UIL Prescribed List
    • Difficulty: Medium
    • Duration: 8:10
    • Three Movements
    • Dark Quality
  • Item Details

    Normandy Beach - 1944 by David R. Gillingham is a tribute piece for marimba quartet and two percussionists. It is a solemn, dark piece that reflects the events at Normandy Beach back in 1944, and has three movements that evokes emotions from that time in history.

    This UIL prescribed piece would be suited for an advanced high school or young college-aged percussion concert or a band concert with a percussion feature. It's solemn and pensive, but an excellent piece to play and commemorate an important day in history.

    Difficulty: Medium

    Duration: 8:10


    • Player 1: Marimba
    • Player 2: Marimba
    • Player 3: Marimba
    • Percussion 1: Vibraphone, Anvil or Brake Drum, Large Gong
    • Percussion 2: Bells, Suspended Cymbal, Concert Toms, Small Bass Drum

    Notes from the composer:

    On Jun 6, 1944, at dawn, British and American forces landed on the beaches of Normandy in an elaborate amphibious operation. A total of 425,000 American, British, and German men lost their lives in the ensuing conflict. Normandy Beach was composed in the commemoration of this important, yet tragic day that changed the course of World War II.

    The work is cast in three sections. The first section is dark and mysterious and slow in tempo, characterizing the preparation and eve of D-Day. There are long pedal points mixed with poignant dissonance. Small two-note utterances by bowed marimba can be heard within this section which allude to distant bugle calls. Gathering pitch density and motion, the movement segues into the second section, which depicts tragic conflict on D-Day, beginning with much motion and counterpoint between the four marimbas. Underlying this agitation in the marimbas are explosive articulations by Concert Toms and anvil. The low marimbas settle into an ostinato of running sixteenth notes with the high marimbas playing a haunting motive reminiscent of the bowed bugle calls of the first section.

    Ensuing is a repetitive and hammered rhythm in the upper marimbas under which the low marimbas allude to the second phrase of the "Star Spangled Banner." The hammered rhythm becomes incessant and finally subsides into a dark and mysterious presentation of the first phrase of "America, the Beautiful" in chorale style.

    All motion ceases and the final section or epilogue follows. Beginning in a similar fashion to the first section, a sad and plaintive chorale transpires in the marimbas, suggesting the aftermath of this tragic day on June 6, 1944. Motivic remnants of "America, the Beautiful" intercede with the chorale and the work ends on a dark discord over a pedal F-sharp.

  • Specifications

    Name Normandy Beach - 1944 by David R. Gillingham
    Brand C. Alan Publications
    Model # 02130
    UPC Code [Error processing dynamic tag getCurrentAttribute('item', 'upccode') : record invtpart 87663 not found]
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    Author/ComposerGillingham, David R.
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    State ListTexas (Grade 1), Florida (Grade 6)
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