The Cry

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Nathan Daughtrey

General Info

Subtitle: An Andalusian Fantasy
Year of Composed: 2010
Publisher: OU Percussion Press
Duration: 00:11:00 (00:09:30 with optional cuts)
Difficulty: Advanced
Commissioner: OU Percussion Orchestra & Dr. Lance Drege
Cost: $60.00


Player 1: Glockenspiel & Crotales
Player 2: Xylophone
Player 3: Chimes & Slapstick
Player 4: Vibraphone
Player 5: Vibraphone
Player 6: Marimba
Player 7: Marimba
Player 8: Marimba
Player 9: Marimba
Player 10 (Stage Left): Castanets & Bell Tree
Player 11 (Stage Right): Castanets & Mark Tree & Suspended Cymbal
Player 12: 2 Timpani & Concert Bass Drum & Marching Bass Drum & Tam-tam & Ocean Drum

Program Notes

Based on a colorful poem by Federico García Lorca with vivid imagery and a wonderful arc, The Cry was commissioned and premiered by the University of Oklahoma Percussion Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Lance Drege. The work divides into 5 primary sections: Paisaje (“Landscape”) La Guitarra (“The Guitar”) El Grito (“The Cry”) Un Silencio Ondulado (“A Rolling Silence”) Tierra de Luz, Cielo de Tierra (“Earth of Light, Sky of Earth”) Federico García Lorca was extremely interested in the Spanish gypsy music known as Cante Jondo (or "Deep Song"), which is the purist and most natural precursor to Flamenco music. It is filled with passionate melismatic singing and sparse guitar playing. Great care has been taken to differentiate between the more popular Flamenco form and Cante Jondo, always emphasizing that the latter is the purer and more serious of the two forms. It is this struggle that is at the heart of "The Cry." The virtuosic singing is emulated throughout the ensemble in long flourishes that are full of twists and turns. The antiphonal castanet players help bring in the flamenco elements to the piece, as well as the sounds of flamenco dancers tapping, stomping and clapping in rhythm. Most important in composing this piece was that the beautiful words of García Lorca and the form of his poem are represented.

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