As Above, So Below

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Nathan Daughtrey

General Info

Year of Published: 2017
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Difficulty: Advanced
Duration: 00:13:30
Cost: Score and Parts $75.00 | Score Only $25.00


Movement 1: Asgard: The Home of the Gods
Movement 2: Niflheim: The World of Ice & Mist
Movement 3: Jötenheim: The Land of the Giants


Player 1: Glockenspiel & 2 Triangles
Player 2: Xylophone & Chimes & Crotales & 2 Triangles
Player 3: Vibraphone & Medium Suspended Cymbal
Player 4: Vibraphone & Medium Low Suspended Cymbal
Player 5: Marimba (4-octave), Low Drum
Player 6: Marimba (4.3-octave), Low Drum
Player 7: Marimba (4.3-octave), Low Drum
Player 8: Marimba (5-octave), Low Drum
Player 9: 4 Timpani & Claves & Sizzle Ride Cymbal
Player 10: Bongos & 2 Congas & Snare Drum & Large Rainstick & 2 Hardwood Planks
Player 11: 4 Concert Tom-toms & Hi-Hat & Crash Cymbal & Chine Cymbal & Djembe & 2 Hardwood Planks
Player 12: Concert Bass Drum & Kick Drum(laid flat) & Tam-Tam & Log Drum (4 pitches)
Player 13: Piano

Program Notes

Commissioned by the Woodbury High School Percussion Ensemble, Branden Steinmetz, director, As Above, So Below delves into the universe of Norse mythology. The three-movement work for percussion orchestra centers on Yggdrasil, the “Tree of Life” with branches that extend to all nine of the worlds that make up the Norse mythological universe. The tree’s three roots connect three of these worlds—Asgard, Niflheim, and Jötenheim—which make up the three movements of the piece.
The first movement, Asgard: The Home of the Gods, is the first to present the Yggdrasil theme, which runs through all three movements. This world is a land more fertile than any other and is located high in the sky. Filled with ascending figures throughout the ensemble, the music also celebrates the strength, beauty, and talent of the Norse gods who live there.
The second movement, Niflheim: The World of Ice & Mist, is situated in the lowest level of the universe. It is a dark, icy cold, and foggy realm where one will find the frozen river of Elivágar, the well of Hvergelmir (a bubbling, boiling spring), and the dragon Nídhöggr, who gnaws on Yggdrasil’s root. The realm of death, Helheim, is also here.
The third and final movement, Jötenheim: The Land of the Giants, features a vast, mighty wilderness with deep, dark forests and mountain peaks. Enemies of the gods, the giants have experienced plenty of battles here. It is also the home of Mímir’s well of wisdom. Driven by a relentless, low ostinato in the piano and marimba, this movement is filled with excitement from beginning to end.

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