The word “scintilla” was originally Latin for “spark.” It is currently defined on dictionary.com as a minute amount; hint, trace, or particle. Newcomer Andrew Ziehm’s Scintilla for marching battery ensemble has a hint of some spark, alright…lots of it. The phrase, “It’s all in the details” seems apropos when listening to this sophisticated work by a very young composer.
The piece effortlessly mixes 6/8, 4/4, and 7/8 and keeps dancing the whole time. Particularly scintillating bits are during the 6/8 sections where the interplay between snares, tenors, basses, AND cymbals create not so much a theme as a vibe. Very cool stuff!