Fantasy in Metal

Year composed: 2014

Instrumentation: (2) percussionists

1 vibraphone (4-hand), 2 resonant metal pipes (‘high’/’low’), 2 suspended triangles (lg, sm), 2 low floor toms, 7 suspended glockenspiel bars, 9 tuned ceramic flower pots.

Duration (approx.): 11


Commissioned by and dedicated to the RE:Percussion Duo.

First performed on August 16th, 2014 in Portland, Oregon; Andrew Angell & David Solomon, percussion.



Cast in a loose ternary form (complete with an extended coda), FANTASY IN METAL represents my second ever foray into composing for pure percussion. As the title suggests, the main timbrel pallet is metallic sounds, and while this is a central facet it isn’t its defining feature. There is a sharp emotional disconnect between the outer, more rhythmically driven portions and the more subdued, meditative middle section, but both these musical avenues correspond and even complement each other as they develop and grow into and from each other.


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By Jay

Composer, guitarist, husband, father, pun enthusiast.

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