Vulcan for Concert Band is Grammy award winning composer Michael Daugherty's first work for the high school and intermediate level college band. The work is a colorful homage to Gene Roddenberry's interstellar universe as depicted in the classic American television series Star Trek (1966-69). The title refers to the fiery planet Vulcan, home world of half-human, half-Vulcan Mr. Spock. As the rational-minded science officer aboard the starship Enterprise (commanded by the hot-blooded Captain James T. Kirk), Mr. Spock grapples with the “fascinating” predicament of making decisions predicated on human emotion versus Vulcan logic. Daugherty has composed stirring, yet highly structured music that alludes to the Vulcan “Pon Farr” ritual, Vulcan telepathic mind-melds, and the volcanic planet itself. At the the Ann Arbor, Michigan world premiere (utilizing the combined forces of the Pioneer, Huron and Skyline High School bands), Vulcan was an immediate hit and will surely become one of Daugherty's most performed works.
The number of players doubling each part is at the conductor's discretion, but should be in keeping with a balanced sound.
English Horn (optional but recommended)
3 Bb Clarinets (minimum 2 players per part)
2 Bb Bass Clarinets
Eb Contralto Clarinet or Bb Contrabass Clarinet and Bb Bass Saxophone (optional but recommended)
2 Eb Alto Saxophones
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
3 Bb Trumpets (straight metal mutes, harmon mutes-stem out)
2 F Horns
2 Trombones (straight metal mutes)
Contrabass or Electric Bass (optional but recommended)