The Dreamers of Dreams

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Nathan Daughtrey

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: 00:09:30
Difficulty: Advanced
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Commission: Mt. Lebanon Percussion Program & Rick Minnotte
Cost: $60.00


Player 1: Glockenspiel / Crotales & Low Drum
Player 2: Xylophone / Chimes & Low Drum
Player 3: Vibraphone 1 & Low Drum
Player 4: Vibraphone 2 & Low Drum
Player 5: Marimba 1 & Low Drum
Player 6: Marimba 2 & Low Drum
Player 7: Marimba 3 & Low Drum
Player 8: Marimba 4 & Low Drum
Player 9: Timpani & Sizzle Cymbal
Player 10: Bell Tree & Mark Tree & Bongos & Congas & Suspended Cymbal & China Cymbal
Player 11: Snare Drum & 4 Concert Tom-toms & Suspended Cymbal & Ride Cymbal
Player 12: Concert Bass Drum & Tam-tam & 4 Log Drums & Temple Block

Program Notes

The Dreamers of Dreams was commissioned by Rick Minnotte and the Mt. Lebanon Percussion Program in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the program. I first met Rick in April of 2008 when I caught wind that his ensemble was going to perform my piece “Limerick Daydreams.” I traveled up to Mt. Lebanon PA, rehearsed the ensemble, and we have been as thick as thieves since then. When we were talking about the possibility of this commission, Rick simply said he wanted something celebratory for 10-12 players between 7 & 8 minutes long. I am not typically one to jump into composing a piece until I have a firm grasp of the “theme” of the work – not in the musical sense, but rather some kind of extra-musical inspiration/influence.

In this case, the piece was inspired by a poem by Arthur O’Shaughnessy simply titled “Ode.” The first line of the poem has even found its way into pop culture with a brief quote by the original Willy Wonka, Gene Wilder. I think the essence of the poem perfectly captures the idea of celebrating a percussion program such as Mt. Lebanon that has been built from the ground up – not just by one person, but by its administration, staff, parents, and students. Here are some quotes that I found to be the most compelling and appropriate.




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Works for Percussion by this Composer

Mallet Ensemble

Percussion Ensemble

Percussion Concerto

Percussion Ensemble with Other Instrument

Books for Percussion by this Composer


The Yuletide Marimbist (Book 1)
The Yuletide Marimbist (Book 2)
The Sacred Marimbist (Volume 2)


The Celtic Xylophone, Book 1
The Celtic Xylophone, Book 2

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