March of the Metro for orchestra | Michael Daugherty, composer

March of the Metro
for orchestra (2008)

Instrumentation: 2 flute (piccolo), 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon; 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba; timpani, 3 percussion (I=glockenspiel/piccolo snare drum; II=glockenspiel/bass drum/crash cymbals; III=chimes/amplified kazoo), strings

Publisher: Boosey and Hawkes, Hendon Music (BMI)

Duration: 4 minutes

World Premiere: November 6, 2008 / Symphony Hall, Phoenix, Arizona / Phoenix Symphony / Michael Christie

Program Note:

My four-minute march takes off with a fleeting tune first played by the flutes, two glockenspiels, strings pizzicato and amplified kazoo. A piccolo snare drum, cascading strings and rumbling lower brass occasionally interrupt the proceedings. While the opening theme continues on its own path, a countermelody, introduced by the tuba, is later passed on to soaring horns and strings. After an appearance of the first theme in musical canon, the countermelody transforms into a majestic coda.

–Michael Daugherty