Player I - IX: Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Chimes, Marimba 1, Marimba 2, Bass Marimba, Timpani, Claves, Drumset, Suspended Cymbal, Congas, Bongos, Wind Chime, Train Whistle, Bass Drum, Shaker, Vibraslap, Tambourine, Cowbell, Triangle, 2 Woodblocks, Agogo Bell
premiere: August 1991, Shinjuku, Asahi-Seimei Hall, Percussion Ensemble Okada
Visional Train by Kazuhiro Mamada for percussion ensemble. Steam locomotives are now a rare sight. However, they are accessible in our dreams and memories - hence the title Vision Train. This work is constructed in three main sections. The introduction portrays the train as it starts to move. The vibraphone, bell, and marimba 1 players accelerate the tempo to rehearsal letter A, at which point marimba 2 sets the pace. By letter C the train is running through the fields with a loud whistle, passing a railway crossing. By letter the train is emerging from a tunnel into a new land and rhythm change.
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