Daniel W. McCarthy

About this work:
The title “Razdraz” is a word taken from the novel A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. It is a story about a futuristic society in Britain where the streets are ruled by “ultra-violent” teen gangs. These teens have a language of their own that is so prolific, one hast to constantly refer to the glossary of street slang listed in the appendix of the book to understand the text. My favorite work in this slang is “razdrazk” which means “upset” or “angry.” The union of saxophone and marimba, the rhythmic animation, and the sometimes sassy musical statements in this piece (note the dotted rhythm section) was inspired by the writing of Frank Zappa and his marimba player, Ruth Underwood. This piece is dedicated to the grungy, floppy, baggy, backward baseball cap-wearing youth of America.
Version: Alto or Sop. Sax and Marimba Duo
Year composed: 1997
Duration: 00:12:00
Ensemble type: Chamber or Jazz Ensemble, Without Voice:Other Combinations, 2-5 players
Instrumentation: ,1 Alto Saxophone soloist(s), ,1 Percussion (General) soloist(s)
Instrumentation notes: Available form: C. Alan Publications, P.O. Box 29323 Greensboro, NC 27429-9323, 336.272.3920 E-MAIL ADDRESS contact@c-alanpublications.com

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