The first song in the show, this opener features the snare players marching with tenor drums, as well as the cymbal players with bass drums. This gives the line a total of 9 tenors and 9 basses. The effect of having so many players on these instruments is really cool because the tenors are divided into 3 seperate groupings and each have their own individual parts. Each "pod" has somewhat of a responsive section to what the other two pods are playing. As for the basses, they have an ungodly amount of players, and with this comes challenging runs and many different parts. "The Hut" is a very intense, loud opener, and creates a very eerie effect for the rest of the show.
"Tuleries" takes the intenseness of "The Hut" and turns them around to playfulness. This opens with an intro from the pit and about halfway through, the illusion of time freezing is presented. During the first 20 bars or so, the tenors and basses are without their drums and "playing games" in the background of the snares and the pit. Then, after this, they come back in for the closing of the song, which leads into the beginning of "Bydlo."
Opening with a bass feature of sixtuplet runs, "Bydlo" represents an ox cart's slow, strong, and destructive movement. After the bass intro, the pit continues on with a mysterious melody, bringing together a bridge before the battery enters. When the pit's statement concludes, the battery comes in playing their drums with their hands, rather than sticks. It's a really cool enhancement of the song's represtentation of a plowing juggernaut. "Bydlo" ends with a technically challenging, yet visually interesting (thanx, D!) snare solo.
You would have to hear it to believe it...it is such a full, complicated song. It opens with a tenor break, connecting "Market" to "Bydlo." From there it goes into a battle of solos between sections, as well as a unison part that could deafen. After a grand pause (yet not so grand of a pause...), a jam with the line goes into full effect. The marching ensemble creates a semicircle before the front stands and plays a loud, cutting rhythm that could annihilate all competition. "The Market" hella jams! If I were to sum this song up into one word, that word would have to be...
"Great Gate" is a anthem that brings forward the idealism of a free world and open doors. It resembles the the elegance of the unsealing of noble gates, and the parade of royalty which is emitted from the gates. This is written in cooresponding triplets, triple strokes, hertas, eighth note patterns, etc. It projects with rich sound, and ends the show with the effect of an ultimate blow.