Key Poulan’s marching band show Classic Schizophrenia is a playful rendition of several familiar excerpts from the world’s most famous classical works. The schizophrenic aspect of the show focuses on disorganization and confusion although there are many moments of organized thought and lyricism.
Mvt. 1: “Twisted Minuet” establishes the Baroque work Minuet in G by Johann Sebastian Bach and alters it into a work that grooves with great development and modernism. The looping 6 notes of the minute foreshadows things to come. Although not from the Classical period, Bach’s Minuet serves as an excellent foundation for the interjection of Classical themes.
Mvt. 2: “Short Circuit” begins the sequence of short-circuiting the many classical pieces that can float around an individual’s mind. This movement could pattern itself in a somewhat ADHD manner by taking the listener on an ever-changing journey including moments from Bach’s Minuet in G, Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique, Bach’s Tocatta and Fugue, Strauss’ Blue Danube, and the return of Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique.
Mvt. 3: “Poloritalin Dances” Combining Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances with a little dose of Ritalin soothes the listener back into a pretty and happy place. Beauty and control are once again embraced.
Mvt. 4: “Bachtoven” implies that the war is on between two of the most recognized Baroque and Classic masters. Beethoven’s Symphony #5 is the foundation of this movement which is quickly interrupted by Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. Bach’s Tocatta and Fugue battles the Beethoven. A taste of Bach’s Minuet in G provides a nice bookend to the various Baroque and Classical works within.
By: Key Poulan
Percussion by Shawn Glyde and Dan Bryan
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