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White Dwarf (referencing a newly discovered star) is a setting of whimsical and, at times, sardonic poems by the late John Updike. The work, originally composed for Mezzo-Soprano, Tuba, Piano, and off-stage sound effects, was re-orchestrated in this version at the request of Don Liuzzi for a concert at The Curtis Institute of Music. Having observed a number of performances of this work, I can safely say that audiences have enjoyed this work immensely.
Vocal Range: B3 - G5 (G3 ossia G4)
Soprano: Toy Baby Cry (round cylinder which when turned over emits the cry of a baby)
Perc. 1. Glockenspiel (2.5 Octave), Cymbals - pair, Pop Gun
Perc. 2. Vibraphone (3 octaves F - F), Marimba (shared with P4.), Slapstick.
Perc. 3. High “C” Crotales - pair, Marimba (shared with P4.), Korean Gong, Concert Bass Drum
Perc. 4. 5-Octave Marimba, Low “D3” Thi. Gong