Play an excerpt from Raptures of Undream as recorded by the University of Houston Percussion Ensemble.
Composer: Bruce Hamilton Instrumentation: Percussion Sextet Year Composed: 1998 Duration: 7 minutes Cost: Purchase: $35.00 digital files; $45.00 packaged Program Notes:
Raptures of Undream was written for the Indiana University
Percussion Ensemble, Wilber T. England, director. The piece is scored for
six players, armed each with a drum (floor tom) and a cymbal. Overall, the
work is divided into four sections delineated by tempo. Rhythmic (and
melodic) motives are presented and developed through a series of divergent
textures and rhythmic guises. As in other works by the composer, a
prominent theme is the contrast between contrapuntal, pointillistic
sections and passages of unison rhythm. Essential to the piece is the
sense of "groove" (i.e., flavored pulse) which serves as the underpinning
to the sometimes wild (and rapturous) rhythmic excursions.