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tangle

CHRISTOPHER COUGHLIN


Chris Coughlin (b. 1987) is currently a student at Arizona State University where he is pursuing undergraduate degrees in composition and instrumental music education. In addition, he is an active trumpet performer and teacher. His primary composition teachers have been Jody Rockmaker, Patrick Schulz, James DeMars, Rodney Rogers, and Roshanne Etezady. Works he has written have been performed by student and professional ensembles throughout the U.S.

Tangle is a musical representation of a jungle. The title refers to the twisted and knotted roots and vines other plants that seem to slither their way across the jungle floor. This sonic jungle is filled with all kinds of life from exotic birds to dangerous beasts. Beneath the hustle and chaos of life in the jungle lies the heartbeat that beats of the awe and majesty of all types of life.

Notes to the performers: Because of the variety of percussion sounds asked for in this piece, some non-percussion instrumentalists will be asked to play some auxiliary instruments. The cellist should have a cabassa easilly accessible. The parts to be performed on cabassa are notated with x-shaped noteheads. Also, a triangle should be placed between the clarinetist and violinist along with a beater. It is recommended that the triabgle be suspended from an extra music stand and the beater be placed on the stand. The parts that are to be performed on triangle are notated with triangle-shaped noteheads. The percussion assignments are outlined below. The score indicated where the performer should switch beater types (between mallets, drum sticks, and bare hands).

Suggested Set Up:

 Mallets  Hands   Drum Stick 

Percussion

woodblock

bongos

tom-toms

suspended cymbal

marimba




Tangle   Flute  

Clarinet in Bb

Violin

q = 84 Brooding

  

  

Percussion

    

    

cabassa: f

 

 

      

  

 

  

    

 

  

       

         

 3

 

sfz

   

3



  

   

   

 

 

3

 

   

 

sim.

 

3

sfz

3

f

 

7

f

Christopher Coughlin

3

   3         

 

 



    

Piano

       mp

mp

 Violoncello  

         

 

 

 

 

   


2

7

 Fl.  4

Cl.

Vln.

Vc.

   

    

Pno.

  

      

 

 f

 

   

   

  

 

 

6





 

     

   

 

  

      

f

5

 

       

   

 

 

mp



  

    

mp

             mf

      

       

    

   

7

    

    

             



3

          

  

   

 

Perc.

     





   

              

   

    


3

 Fl.   8

     

mf

Cl.



 Vln. 

  mp

  

     mp

Vc.

Perc.

Pno.

 

   

  

           

 

 



mf

11:8

                 7

 

   6       

           mf 

 

             

  

                    mp

 

 

   

 

  

pizz.

 

   mf

   

mf

mp

7



   



     

 

 

 




4

 Fl.   12

Cl.



 Vln. 

Vc.

Perc.



  

mf

       

     

mf







    

 

 

         

arco

 

 

 



mf

   

 

   

 

sfz

    

sfz

  





           

                 

   

   

   

                              mf pizz.

  

14

      

Pno.



   

sfz


5

 Fl.  

               

16

Cl.

Vln.

Vc.

Mar.

Pno.

   

     

 

 f

        mp

  

mp

arco

 f

            

    



 

  

              

                              

  

 



  

 

 

mf



gliss.



19                   

    mf

   

mf

 

f

        

  

7

mf

  

      



 

mp

 

 

 

 mp

               

 

f

 

           

 f

   


6

 Fl.  20

Cl.

Vln.

Vc.

  

      

  

   

mp

7

5

 

    

  

(ord.)

mp

 

mp

       

 

6

7

 

 

Pno.

mp

 

Mar.

   



 

 

 



 

 

 

 





 



                          



f

    f

 

f

         

  

   

f

      

           

  

                  f

 



      


7

 Fl.  25

Cl.

            mp

Vln.

Vc.

  

 6



 

 





         f

sffz

         

   

mp

    

                   



 

27

 



sffz

sffz





       6







 





6

  





    

sfz

sim.

   

 

  

     

 f

sfz sfz f

       

            

  

 

 

sfz

sfz

f

     

   

           

mp

      

Pno.



           

  

6

Perc.

   

 

     sim.

       


8

 Fl.  29

Cl.

 

  Vln.  

6

 

     

       Vc.  

Perc.

Pno.

 

    

             

     

   

sffz

 mp

 mp

mp



   

             mf

 

mf

pizz.

 



mp

   mp

                             f

sffz

 

mf

pizz.

mf

 



   

  

  

 f

            


9

   34

Fl.

Cl.

Vln.

Vc.

Perc.

Pno.



   

 

  

   

      

    

    

 

    

 

           

   

  

36

          

 

    

  

  

 

                                                 


10

 Fl.   37

Cl.

 

       

   

         

f

 

     Vln.  

Vc.

arco

 





  

f

pizz.

    

  

               

   

   

arco

arco

 

   

 

    mf

 

 

 mf

 



6

 

     6 

 

6



  

6

  

    mf

 

Pno.

f

Mar.

f

    

  

6


11

41 40          Fl.  

mf

Cl.

Vln.

Vc.

Mar.

Pno.

7

7

         mf

         

 6

   

mf

 

         mp

     mf

f

7

mp

mf

   

mp

        

 

 

         7

       

mp


12

42              Fl.  

Cl.



7

         7

 

  

   

       

 

 

  

 

 

         

         

 

  

 

     

 mf

 

 

    

 

 

Pno.

 

 

Mar.



    

 Vln.  

Vc.

 

 

  

 

 

 mf

 

  

 

  

 

 

  


13

 Fl.  

    

44

Cl.

Vln.

Vc.

  

7

   

  

 

     

Mar.

Pno.

gliss.

 

gliss.

 

mf

 

 

 

 

 

 

mf

7

7

    

7

        

mp

                       

mp

mf

               

   

 



 

 

  

mf

mp


14

  Fl.   46

Cl.

Vln.

      

 

 



 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         Vc.  

7

 

Pno.

7

7

Mar.

             

        

7

            

   

       

      

  

        


15

                 

   48

Fl.

Cl.



 Vln. 

Vc.

f

     

7

           

 

7

                7

7

               

f

 

ff

              

6

6



  

 ff

7

                

7

f

  

Pno.

    

 

Mar.

f

 

       

  7

   

      6

 



   

   

 

  

  

  

      


16

                50                     50                                 Fl.   f

             Cl.     f

    Vln.  

Vc.

Perc.

f

 

ff

    

 3    

     

     

  

3

sfz

 

ff

   

  

     

  

Pno.

   

                                                

 sfz

 

   sim.

pizz.

     f

 

   

               f

 

f

         

    

      

   

              

        

f

   

         

pizz.

      



  

   

              


17

 Fl.  55

Cl.

Vln.

Vc.

Perc.







 



        

 



          

57       

                     

f

    

 

          

                p

          

   

  

f

    

p

   

  mf

    

Pno.

       

  3

  

 

     

      

        

       

3

mp

   

         


18

 Fl.   59

              



   

 

 



 

 



 



mf

Cl.

     

 Vln.  

Vc.

 

Pno.

       

arco

    p



     

 

 

 



 

 mf

p

    

    



   

    

 



    

mf

          

Mar.

   

      

 

  

   

 

mf

mf

     mp

  

     p

 

 

mf



  




19

                                                            Fl.  63

p

Cl.

Vln.



                                                           p

           

p

Vc.

Perc.

   

Pno.

     

pizz.



p

p

                   

p

                                     

                             

p


20

69 69  Fl.  

 

Cl.

 Vln.  

Vc.

Perc.

mp



 

   p

 

          

Pno.

                    

mp

         

  

  

   

 

                      

p



mf

pizz.

         

      

 

mf

                       

                    

 

 p



 

                     


21

74 74  Fl.  

Cl.

       f

p

                   p

f

p

Perc.

                         

p

f

p

f

p

p

p

f

f

p

      

   

f

          

    

p

 

p

 

 

p

  

                                                  

  

mp

arco

         

Pno.

p

f

f

p

p

 

 

              

arco

   

                                Vln.          

Vc.

78

p

p

    

   

p

          mf

 

 

mp


22

             Fl.  79

Cl.

    

           

Pno.

p

p

      

mf

 

pizz.

mf

  

                        

 

           

pizz.

 

          

                    

Mar.

                                             

    Vln. 

Vc.

83               

                     p


23

 Fl.  85

Cl.

               

 Vln. 

          

arco

p

                   

p

   

         

               

p

arco Vc.

Mar.

Pno.

p

                           p

     

                

p


24

 Fl.  91

Cl.

Vln.

 

     

                             cresc.

                  

                               

                 

cresc.

Vc.

Mar.

Pno.

        

        

       

cresc.

     

 

cresc.

           cresc.

                    

           

       


25

       

 

        



96

Fl.

Cl.

Vln.

Vc.

Mar.

Pno.

99

  

    



      

  

     

 



      

  



      

              

    

  

 

        

       

           

      

7

f

           sffz  p

         sffz  p   

sffz

 

   

sffz

              

   

 

   

  

 

   

 



 

f

 

3

                   sffz

 

  sffz

 


26

  Fl.   100

Cl.

Vln.

Vc.

     



    

 

     

Pno.

   

 

Mar.

    

   

             

  

          

 3

 

   

6



   

    

   

           

 

 



 

3

  mp



       

   

  

    

           mf

   

           



        

  

 

  

5

    

   

      



 

7

f

     

f



3

sffz

   

   

     

    



   


27

 Fl.   104

Cl.



 Vln. 

Vc.

Perc.

Pno.

 

   

 mf

  

      



11:8

                  7

   6       

mf

   

 

    

 

   



  



mf

mp

           



  

                    

 

mp

mf`

7

  

            

       

 

 



   



     

 

 




28

 Fl.   108

Cl.



 Vln. 



   

mf

      

             mf

  mf

Vc.

Perc.

Pno.

  

    

 

 

               

  

       

  





    

  

 

   

                        

 

3

  

 

 

sffz

 

  

    

  

   

sffz

sffz

    

sffz

   

  

 

  

 

sffz




29

 Fl.  





 

112

Cl.

Vln.

Vc.

Mar.

Pno.

  

f

 



 

 

  

 

 

 

 

   

 f

 

     

  

 

 

     

    

 

      

 

 





 gliss.

 







  

 

 

 

mf

7

  

     

 

    

       

  

    

                                   



5



   

 

 

  

              

 

 


30

115    Fl. 

Cl.

 

 

        

sffz

Vln.

Vc.

Perc.

  

        

  

 

   

sffz

sffz



117

 

          

          

          

  sim.

           

mp



 

  

 

 

sffz

  

3

   sffz

       

 

 

sffz

 

     

 

    

sim.





 

        

  

         

          

mp

  

Pno.

 



   

 



     

 

    


31

 Fl.  119

Cl.

 

     mf

Vln.

 11

     

 

    

 

       

  

6

mf

           

            mp 

         mp

mp

Vc.

 

     

Pno.

mp

Mar.

          

       mp

 

  

 

 

               

    

       

mf

5

  

  

 

   



mp

    

     

 

    

       

  

      

   


32

  123

Fl.

Cl.



 Vln. 

                                

Perc.

 

                 6                           7 7 6 fff

   

                                   6 7     5 fff

Pno.

5

5



      

fff

6

                 Vc.   

7

7

   

fff

 

 

   

 



  

         

   



   

  

fff

     

   

6                 5

   

fff

    

Tangle  
Tangle  

Tangle (2008)

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