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Red Cape Tango from Metropolis Symphony (1993)
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  • V. Red Cape Tango

Instrumentation
2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, english horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoons; 4 horns, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba; timpani, 4 percussion (I=finger cymbals/large crash cymbals; II=chimes/snare drum/large brake drum; III= castanets/marimba/large tam tam/tambourine; IV=finger cymbals/small crash cymbal); piano; strings

World Premiere
October 1993, Albany, NY / Albany Symphony / David Alan Miller

Publisher
Peermusic Classical, BMI (Americas and Asia)
Faber Music (Europe, Australia and New Zealand)

Duration
11 minutes

Program Note
Red Cape Tango (1993) for large chamber ensemble

V. Red Cape Tango was composed after Superman's fight to the death with Doomsday, and is my final musical work based on the Superman mythology. The principal melody, first heard in the bassoon, is derived from the medieval Latin death chant Dies irae. This dance of death is conceived as a tango, presented at times like a concertino comprising string quintet, brass trio, bassoon, chimes, and castanets. The tango rhythm, introduced by the castanets and heard later in the finger cymbals, undergoes a gradual timbral transformation, concluding dramatically with crash cymbals, brake drum, and timpani. The orchestra alternates between legato and staccato sections to suggest a musical bullfight

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