First Transformation


Composer: Gordon Hughes
Players: 7
Instrumentation: Vibraphone, Xylophone, Marimba (4.3), Tubular Bells (optional Glockenspiel), Concert Toms (4), Congas, Tam-Tam, Timpani (4)
Grading: A.M.E.B. 4 | ABS 3+ (Intermediate/Advanced)

This work is an ecstatic, energetic and engaging composition for percussion ensemble. Drumming sections link with uplifting chorales which all comes together in a stirring finale bringing all the forces of the ensemble to the fore.

A complete recording of this work is available on the REVOLUTIONS compact disc.


Percussive Arts Society (USA) ‘Percussive Notes’ review (Terry O’Mahoney)
"...In addition to being enjoyable to hear, “First Transformation” is also an excellent work for teaching different musical textures and tempo changes to intermediate players."


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