Dimensions of Existence (Reduced Instrumentation)

Dimensions of Existence (Reduced Instrumentation)

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

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Credits

Composed by: Key Poulan, Shawn Glyde and Dan Bryan
Originally commissioned by: Creekview H.S., Carollton,Texas – Nathaniel Neugent, Director
Published By: Key Poulan Music
Duration: 8:56

Description

If you are looking for a show that is thought-provoking, on the edge of the dark side, yet stimulating, consider Dimensions of Existence. The entire history of the universe in a tidy package that would make Steven Hawking, author of “A Brief History of Time”, jealous. From the Big Bang to the final whimper following its eventual collapse, this show screams out for some awesome visual effects to accent the descriptive music.

Music Samples

Mvt. 1: "Singularity, Existence, and Coalescence" starts with an amplified clarinet soloist, foreshadowing the melodies to come. One can feel the build up to the coming Big Bang. Consider starting the entire band in as tight a ball as possible, the bodies gently swaying in the cosmic wind. The explosion detonates the clock running on the universe as individual “particles” bounce off one another and form stars and galaxies. The individuals spread out from the tight ball to form various celestial bodies and the movement concludes with the organized universe.
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Mvt. 2: "Expanse" turns lyrical as the music and visual forms keep expanding. The beauty of the cosmos generating awe and wonder, ending in a climactic (potentially backfield) chorale. Consider adding a woman’s chorus behind the flugelhorn soloist, creating a sort of soundscape you might have expected to hear in the more ethereal moments of “2001: A Space Odyssey.” If your guard lives to dance, this is the moment for them.
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Mvt. 3: "Collapse" signals man's anxiety with the potential end of the solar system. As expected, this movement is chock full of intensity and earth-shaking effects, highlighted by several short bursts from various small music ensembles. The band starts to head towards the center of the field for the final, irreversible collapse of all that is time and space.
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Mvt. 4: "Return to Singularity" is where the musical palindrome occurs, a retrograde of the opening melody. There is a slight pause towards the end for applause, but ever so slight as the collapse will wait for no one. This is the place to have your drill designer throw out some truly crazy, high-speed drill as everything known to mankind hurtles towards the final climax that is as hot as the surface of the exploding Sun.
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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...

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ClickTrax

ClickTrax are pre-recorded click tracks designed for indoor and outdoor rehearsals. The ensemble will be able to rehearse with perfect performance tempi, accelerandos, rallentandos, and ritardandos. ClickTrax have count-off clicks and start at every possible drill phrase of the show which saves hours of rehearsal time! ClickTrax are available for this show in a high quality mp3 format!
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Posters

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Flag Designs

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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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