Exit 39

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David Mancini

General Info

Year: 1995
Duration: c.
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Kendor
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Player I: Vibraphone, timbales, suspended cymbal
Player II: Marimba, chimes, orchestra bells, bongos, metal windchimes
Player III: Chimes(share), tom-toms(2), triangle, bass drum, suspended cymbal, tam tam
Player IV: Timpani(4), tom-toms(2), temple blocks, Mark tree

Program Notes

premiere: Fall 1971, Eastman Percussion Ensemble, John Beck, conductor


"Exit 39" is a percussion quartet scored for the following: First percussion--vibes, timbales, small suspended cymbal; Second percussion --marimba, chimes, orchestra bells, bongos, metal wind chimes; Third percussion--chimes (shared with player 2), two high tom-toms, triangle, bass drum, medium suspended cymbal, large tam tam; Fourth percussion--four timpani, two low concert tom-toms, temple blocks, mark tree. In its single-movement, three-part structure, each performer functions both as an integral ensemble member and as a quasi-soloist, with the timpanist opening the work in a rhapsodic fashion. Later, there is dialogue between the mallet-keyboard percussionists and the timpanist (with player 3 functioning with the timpani). A middle, slow section heralds the final portion of this nine-minute work, which shifts from the opening 4/4 rhythms to a very fast 6/8 section--reminiscent of Fisher Tull's ending to his "Sonatina." Although the tonality is G major, there are numerous departures from that tonal center, and Mancini's masterful clarity in compositional concept creates a single movement full of contrast and sophistication. This work is suitable for a mature college percussion quartet, and would also be suitable for a professional symphony percussion quartet.

Reviewed By: Jim Lambert

Review Originally Published: February 1999[1]



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Works for Percussion by this Composer

Caribbean FestivalPercussion Septet; with Piano; with Electric Bass
Duet No. 1Percussion Duet
Exit 39Percussion Quartet
Extremes – Percussion Septet
Feel The SpiritPercussion Octet; with Piano
Fiesta Latina – Percussion Octet
Groovin' In TrinidadDrum Set
Jazz Solos: Drum Set Volume 2Drum Set Method
Joey's SongVibraphone
Jubilee ConcertoTimpani; with Percussion Septet Quartet
Latin JourneyMultiple Percussion
March for Percussion SextetPercussion Sextet
Recital Piece for Solo Percussion – Multiple Percussion
Song of JoyPercussion Nonet
Suite No.2 for Timpani (Mancini) – Timpani
Suite for Solo Drum Set and Percussion EnsembleDrum Set; with Percussion Septet
Suite for Timpani – Timpani
Three Moods for Percussion – Percussion Duet
With Joy in his Heart – Drum Set; with Percussion Septet

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