By BRIAN AGUILAR
Style: Winter Percussion, Contemporary
Difficulty: HARD (Grade 5)
ABOUT THE PIECE:
“The Tell-Tale Heart” is a short story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1843. It is told by an unnamed narrator who endeavors to convince the reader of his sanity, while describing a murder he committed. The victim was an old man with a filmy “vulture-eye”, as the narrator calls it.
This classic of American literature serves as the driving story behind this dark and relentless show, conceived by Jake Tuttle and Brian Aguilar. The show is best presented with vocal samples of selected lines from the story. Cues for the samples are included in the score.
The show is presented in 2 main sections:
Movement 1 –The Deed: The events leading up to and including the murder of the old man.
Movement 2 – The Guilty Heart: The aftermath of the murder and the guilt-driven decent into madness of the murderer.
The show was originally conceived and developed by Brian Aguilar and Jake Tuttle. Commissioned by Mr. Matt Mackey for the Franklin High School (Elk Grove, CA) Winter Percussion group for the Winter 2017 season. Image by Stephanie Tuttle.
Bass Drums (5)