Snap!

(1987)

by Michael Daugherty

Description
chamber ensemble of 16 players (or chamber orchestra)
Duration
7
Genres
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
Instrumentation
1(=picc).1.1(=Ebcl).bcl.0 - 1.1.btrbn.0 - perc(3): 2 cyms/xyl/vib/glsp/tgl - synth - single strings (or small string orchestra)
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Programme Notes
Snap! Snap! for chamber ensemble features two cymbal players who perform a duet of various rhythmic patterns in stereo, separated on opposite sides of the stage. The idea of this spatial configuration occurred to me when I saw James Cagney tap dancing in the 1937 Hollywood film, Something to Sing About. Sporting a top hat and tuxedo in the opening night club scene, Cagney tap dances up and down and around a stage framed by two jazz bands: one stage left, the other stage right, with the camera continually panning back and forth. Reflecting on my own early days when I learned to tap dance, I composed a syncopated and snappy opening motive for Snap! This motive, first heard in the trumpet at the beginning of the composition, goes through various rhythmic permutations and melodic elaboration. As my compositional camera pans across the ensemble, I rotate two or three single lines contrapuntally in different instrumental combinations to create multiple musical canons. Snap! is my jazz tribute to the golden age of Hollywood, and the panache of Cagney's performance.

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