The apocalyptic theme of the ‘robots’ rising up in a monumental struggle with their former masters seemed ripe for a huge, dramatic piece of music which would be exciting, particularly for young musicians and schools level concert bands (and upwards) to play.
This straightforward, uncomplicated orchestration, with lots of unison playing, octaves and simple chords perfectly fulfils the brief, and this is a huge favourite with all the young bands who play it.
The written instructions in the piece: ‘Mean and Loud’ and ‘Real Nasty’ say it all.
Flute 1 / Piccolo, Flute 2, Oboe, Clarinets 1, 2 & 3, Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone 1 & 2, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Bassoon 1 & 2
Horn in F 1, 2, 3 & 4, Trumpet 1, 2 & 3, Trombone 1 & 2, Bass Trombone, Euphonium (BC & TC), Tuba
Percussion: 1. Cabassa, Sus Cym, Crash Cym 2. Claves, Snare Drum 3. Tam-tam, Anvil 4. Bass Drum