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the cry (2010)

Medium: Percussion Ensemble (12)
Publisher: OU Percussion Press
Composed: 2010
Duration: 11:00 (9:30 with optional cuts)
Difficulty: Grade 5

Look Inside Score

Vibraphone 1
Vibraphone 2
Marimba 1
Marimba 2 (4.3-octave)
Marimba 3 (4.3-octave)
Marimba 4 (5-octave)
Percussion 1 (Stage Left: Castanets, Bell Tree)
Percussion 2 (Stage Right: Castanets, Suspended Cymbal, Mark Tree)
Percussion 3 (Center Stage: 2 Timpani, Bass Drum, Tam-Tam, Ocean Drum)

OU Percussion orchestra
Dr. Lance Drege, conductor

Discussion with Nathan Daughtrey

Based on a colorful poem by Federico García Lorca with vivid imagery and a wonderful arc, The Cry was commissioned by the OU Percussion Press and the University of Oklahoma Percussion Orchestra, directed 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 melismatic 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.