Twilight Offering Music

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Blake Wilkins

General Info

Year: 1988
Duration: c. 27:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: OU Percussion Press
Cost: Score and Parts - $60.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Player 1: Marimba
Player 2: Marimba
Player 3: Marimba
Player 4: Marimba
Player 5: Marimba
Player 6: Vibraphone & Maracas
Player 7: Vibraphone & Temple Blocks & Log Drum
Player 8: Xylophone & Bongos
Player 9: Chimes & Glockenspiel & Chinese Cymbal & Temple Blocks & 2 Suspended Cymbals & Triangle & 3 Gongs & Timbales
Player 10: Bongos & 2 Congas
Player 11: 3 Bass Drums & 4 Concert Tom-toms
Player 12: Timpani & Claves & Snare Drum & 4 Cowbells

Program Notes

Twilight Offering Music is an impression for percussion ensemble, an evocation that traverses some two million years into our past. It recalls that monumental epoch when humankind first emerged from the depths of the evolutionary chain and looked upon the earth and sky with a mind that for the first time was able to wonder. This music is at once poignant and forceful; at times, contemplative, and at others, ritualistic; constantly bordering between undulating calm and volatile spontaneity. It does not attempt to draw from or expound upon any documented fragment of primitive music. Instead, Twilight Offering Music strives to recreate the awe, confusion and wonder that these primordial ancestors must have experienced as they stood below the night sky and looked to the celestial bodies above. Out of fear, or perhaps, simply out of desperation, they would soon have begun to regard them conscious and superior entities and would have ultimately surrendered to them sacrifices of appeasement-an event that would serve as the very dawn of the religious thought to permeate the ideologies of the human race for the entirety of its existence.

Premiere Details

Date: 21 April 1987
Place: Norman, Oklahoma
Ensemble: University of Oklahoma Percussion Ensemble
Conductor: Richard Gipson




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Works for Percussion by this Composer

Compendium - Percussion Ensemble (11)
Twilight Offering Music - Percussion Ensemble (12)

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