House of Cards (Full Instrumentation)

House of Cards (Full Instrumentation)

Style: Modern | Difficulty: Medium Difficult | Grade: 4+

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Credits

Composed by: Key Poulan, Scott Johnson, and Dan Bryan
Originally commissioned by: Bellevue East H.S., Bellevue, Nebraska - Ron Hardin, Director
Published By: Key Poulan Music
Duration: 7:46

Description

House of Cards is a four-movement show that creates moods based on the four main images found in a deck of cards.

Music Samples

Mvt. 1: "Spades" is inspired by the Ace of Spades, the “death card.” The opening motif foreshadows the “Diamonds” theme and then the Ace of Spades is played, instantly casting darkness upon the music. However, the darkness is extremely energetic, swirling with an intensity that raises the excitement level as one waits for the next hand to be drawn. In this case, “dark” is synonymous with “thrilling,” and it’s impossible to sit back and listen to this movement without feeling the tension bubbling over.
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Mvt. 2: "Hearts" is a ballad, rich and warm, based on the Queen of Hearts. Not to be confused with the Queen of Hearts from “Alice in Wonderland,” this movement can be thought of as a loving tribute to a queen with a heart big enough to envelop her entire kingdom, a benevolent queen who loves those who love her.
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Mvt. 3: "Clubs" is an intense battery percussion feature, the “clubs” referring more to drum sticks and mallets than the actual card of the same name. Irrepressibly pounding and rhythmically bombastic, this movement is the part of the show where anything goes as the volume and throbbing dynamism blast the field into submission.
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Mvt. 4: "Diamonds" reflects on the Kind of Diamonds, representing the most regal of gemstones by the same name. You’ll hear the majestic British influence of royalty, much like the most famed ceremonial works by Sir William Walton. Stately and noble, this piece ends the show with a royal flush that clearly dominates the hands of the other players.
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Show Specific Add-Ons

Drill

Many KPM shows are now available with effective drill. The drill options include stock, modified stock or custom drill packages and are all reasonably priced. Drill comes pre-designed for small, medium and large bands and can be modified to your instrumentation by the writer. Custom drills are also available!
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Show T-Shirts, clothing, etc...

T-Shirts with officially licensed "show specific" artwork by Key Poulan Music are available for as little as $12.00!
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Posters

Show posters featuring officially licensed "show specific" artwork by Key Poulan Music are available. Contact Key (key@keypoulanmusic.com) for more information.
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Flag Designs

Show appropriate flag designs are available for your color guard! Our flag designs support the intended concept of a show by Key Poulan Music.
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Guard Costume Designs

Guard Costume Designs enhance the overall look and feel of the color guard! Create visual interest and be remembered by designs which give you a fully produced package for a show by Key Poulan Music.
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General Add Ons

Warm Up Program

Be prepared all year long with a warm up program designed to develop warm up, tune, and rehearse ensemble fundamentals needed for a successful musical performance for all Key Poulan Music works.
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Power Chords for Band (On Field Warm Up)

There's nothing like a great backfield performance of previous Santa Clara Vanguard chord progressions that are designed to energize not only the members of your band but the audience as well.
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Basics! Basics! Basics! (Fundamentals for Band Program)

The cornerstone program of Key Poulan's musical successes as a band director. This extremely comprehensive, self-paced individualized music skills program is designed to foster the development of high school students into solidly literate musicians.
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