Twenty-Four by Tyler Tolles is a med-avdanced percussion quintet written as an homage to all of the fallen service members of the United States Armed Forces. Drawing inspiration from the military bugle call, Taps, Tolles creatively weaves and alters the familiar melody throughout the piece. The call consists of twenty-four notes organized in eight sets of three-note phrases. This rhythmic structure permeates through the entirety of the work and serves a guide in rhythmic figures, dynamic phrases, and the macro- and micro-rhythmic architecture of the piece.
Despite the typical connotation of Taps, Twenty-Four contains a variety of moods and musical approaches throughout the piece. Frequently contrasting between highly energetic percussive moments and spacious melodic passages, Twenty-Four provides the audience with the musical score for their own patriotic mental film. Tolles expertly takes the listener on a journey of remembrance, sacrifice, and honor.
Twenty-Four is perfect to showcase and develop percussionist’s versatility across various instruments. This is also a wonderful addition to any patriotic concerts, such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, or Memorial Day.