PERCUSSION ENSEMBLES, MIXED MALLET and MARIMBA ENSEMBLES - Seven or Eight Players

An eclectic collection of Percussion Septets and Octets for Drummers and Percussionists of all performance levels, beginners to advanced.

 

Whats New:

QUEY Percussion Duo Composition Contest Winners 2012

1st Place: Rhapsody for Vibraphone and Marimba/Michael Taylor.
2nd Place: Kinetic Energy for Vibraphone and Marimba/João Pedro Oliveira.

Current News:

PAS Italy Composition Contest Winners 2012

Forthcoming Winter 2013: winning compositions from the 2012 ITALY PAS Percussion Composition Contest!  Percussion Quartets by Pui-shan Cheung (FIVE METALS), Antonio Ballestin Liarte (HIGHWAY SOUNDSCAPES) and Gianni Giacomazzo (ALLEGRA BARBARA).

Forthcoming Events:

NEW RELEASES WINTER 2013

Look for two new titles from Robert S. Cohen: Galapagos Suite for Solo Marimba, and Love Triangles for Percussion Trio.

Percussion Ensembles 7-8 Players

Allegro and Minuet
W. A. Mozart,
trans. D. G. Stephens
Price: $25.95Allegro and Minuet

This is an appealing arrangement of two movements from Mozart’s Serenade in E-flat Major, K. 375, originally scored for pairs of wind instruments. Adapted for two vibraphones and five marimbists, the parts all require two-mallets and therefore would be accessible to younger players as well as those with more experience. Requires a minimum of 4 marimbas - 1 five-octave. high school/college. "These two movements are quite effective in their mallet ensemble setting, and should be readily enjoyed by the general public." 
(Percussive Notes)

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Boogaloo:
Rough and Tumble
William Price
Price: $28.95

Boogaloo: Rough and Tumble for Six or Seven Players

Boogaloo: Rough and Tumble
was constructed using the
late 1950's - early 60's "boogaloo" popular music style as the main impetus for the piece.
New Orleans funk and
soul rhythms are combined
to create a driving,
syncopated framework that supports the "quirky" melodic
lines that permeate the work.

Quartet version -
3rd prize winner
in the Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest: 2004.

Available in two versions:
for 4 players ($25.95)
or 6-7 players ($28.95).

Instrumentation:
vibraphone, xylophone and glock., marimbas (2 - one 5 octave) and an array of small percussion (cymbals, cow bells, toms, etc.).

Version for 6-7 Players

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Calypsoca:
for Steelband and Percussion Trio

Scott R. Meister
Price: $35.00
 Calypsoca: for Steelband and Percussion Trio

A unique and innovative work scored for steel band (lead, seconds, guitar and bass) and three multi-percussionists! As the title implies, much of the work owes itself to inspiration from the music of the Caribbean. While rhythms and melodic material that might readily be associated with pan permeates a great portion of the work, the traditional notation does give way to "timed proportional cells" that give a distinct contemporary flavor to certain parts of this work: here players roll golf balls in the pans, play with knuckles on the sides (pan skirts), play with brushes (on pans) and rub the tam tam with super balls! Aside from a set of pans (all pan parts could be doubled if desired), the percussion instrumentation includes: marimbas (2), tam tam, cymbals, brake drum, cabasa, snare drum, congas, shakers, triangle.

This title would make a very interesting addition to either a percussion ensemble or steel pan concert! adv. high school/college.

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Fantasia
for Bar Percussion

Dan Heslink
Price: $32.95
 Fantasia for Bar Percussion

2nd place winner
in the 1993 PAS Composition Contest! Eight players - contemporary, yet lyrical with rapid passage work. Instrumentation: marimbas (4 - one with low A), vibraphones (2 - one player also doubles on bells) and xylophone.
adv. high
school/college.

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LEGEND
for Marimba Ensemble
Robert E. Kreutz
Price: $30.00
LEGEND for Marimba Ensemble

Scored for a minimum of five marimbists, with piano and string bass, this work is full of nuances and subtle ensemble challenges. If players and instruments are available, it can be expanded for up to nine or more marimbists. adv. high school/college.

SEE ALSO:
WESTERN SKETCHES
for Marimba Trio
,
and
LOOSE CANNONS,
A Collection for Solo Marimba
.

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Mirror Image: Vibraphone Solo with Percussion Ensemble
Chris Hanning
 Price: $28.00
 Mirror Image: Vibraphone Solo with Percussion Ensemble

Challenging and unique vibraphone solo with Percussion Ensemble - 6 Players. Solo and accompaniment patterns are active both melodically and rhythmically - Latin/fusion-like rhythms predominate in the accompaniment. Some sections can be read as written or improvised - solo part requires four mallets and bow. adv. high school/college.

SEE ALSO:
Version for Vibraphone solo with Soundscape.

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Nutcracker March
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arr. Gabriel M. Staznik
Price: $23.95
Nutcracker March

Lively arrangement with a swing groove.  Scored for 8 players: bells, xylophone, vibraphone (2), marimba (3 players/two instruments, one 4 1/3 octave), and drum set.  Instantly audience recognizable, seasonal favorite, a great "opener" or "closer" for a percussion concert!
high school/college.

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Octet
Maurice Wright
Price: $40.00
 Octet for Percussion Ensemble - Eight Players

Challenging work for eight players, scored in four diverse movements: Mov’t. 1 seeks to connect the percussion ensemble with the music of the past, especially the many works of Bach, though not a transcription, this movement is indebted to the theme of the Fifth Brandenburg Concerto. Mov’t. 2 employs constant tremolo and soft dynamics with sustained singing. Mov’t. 3 is based on the word “junk” - it was digitized, and the bit-patterns contained therein were transcribed for an ensemble of cast-off objects. Mov’t. 4 is the only movement that actually employs 8 instruments.

Instrumentation:
2 marimbas ( 4 1/3- and 5-octave), vibraphones (2, w/four bass bows), orchestra bells, xylophone, steel drums (chromatic octave or graduated metal pipes), timpani (4), roto-toms (6), flexatones (2), slide whistles (2), harmonicas (7-optional), balloons (7-optional) and various “found objects.”

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Overture for Drum Set and Percussion Ensemble
Anthony Miranda
Price: $25.95
Overture for Drum Set and Percussion Ensemble

Scored for drum set and percussion ensemble
(7 players), this piece offers a great platform to showcase a drum set performer.  Energetic rhythms, and interesting parts for all the players will make this piece both a performer and audience favorite.  Instrumentation:
soloist (drum set),
snare drums (2),
toms (4),
bass drums (2). 
adv. high school/college.

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Polysonics: Concerto for Drum Set and Percussion Ensemble
Anthony Miranda
Price: $32.95
Polysonics: Concerto for Drum Set and Percussion Ensemble

This challenging concerto utilizes the drum set as a solo multiple percussion instrument in conjunction with eight percussionists.  Complex rhythmic structure is evident throughout the piece with the use of cross-rhythms among many other advanced polyrhythmic relationships.  In addition, extreme rhythmic contrast is utilized as well.  college.

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Red Alert
Robert S. Cohen
Price: $25.00
 Red Alert for Percussion Ensemble - Seven or more Players

This challenging ensemble is the fifth movement of Robert S. Cohen's
Homeland Security Suite
for Percussion

SEE MORE:
DESCRIPTION
and SOUND SAMPLES


[Eight Players - Duration ca. 5' ]  Air Raid Siren, Bass Drum (2), Chimes, Cowbell, Crash Cymbal, Glockenspiel, Marimba, Snare Drum, Suspended Cymbals (3), Tambourine, Tam-Tams (2), Temple Blocks, Timpani (5), Tom-Toms (4), Triangle, Vibraphone, Whip.

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Three Shona Songs
for Marimba Ensemble

B. Michael Williams
Price: $24.95
 Three Shona Songs for Marimba Ensemble

Scored for 7 or more players, these tunes have been arranged in the style of contemporary Zimbabwean marimba ensemble repertoire - with soprano, tenor, baritone and bass voicing. Accessible to younger (adaptable to Orff instruments) as well as college level ensembles, each piece can be "arranged" according to the ability level of the players - extra percussion can be added and there is lots of room for improvisation - great fun! jr. high-college.

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Sound Samples:
Song 1    Song 2    Song 3
 Timecraft
for Percussion Ensemble
Hilton Kean Jones
Price: $28.00
 Timecraft for Percussion Ensemble

A perpetual motion piece for eight percussionists. For advanced high school or college level, this piece has a dramatic gamelan flavor and would pack a lot of punch into any concert program - approx. 8 min. Instrumentation: marimbas (2), xylophone, vibraphone, orchestra bells, chimes, tuned toms and timpani (4). adv. high school/college.
[Recorded on
Premiers Vol. I,
USF Perc. Ens.
- CD RM02
C. Alan Publications]

". . . Jones has crafted a gamelan-flavored work for eight percussionists . . . Not technically difficult . . . , it does offer an excellent opportunity to work on musical challenges, such as demands of concentration in executing long, repetitious patterns with great rhythmic precision." (Percussive Notes)

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TUSK!
Davis Jarvis
Price: $25.95
TUSK for Percussion Ensemble - Eight Players

Scored for 8 players, Tusk draws compositionally from various aspects of African music. The instruments used include bullroars, gankogui (double bell), xylophone and various types of drums. The harmonic/melodic elements are based on a hemitonic pentatonic scale and the rhythmic patterns are inspired by various styles of African drumming - including the use of poly-rhythms and instances of call and response. This is a lively and unique work that requires each of the eight players to utilize more than one instrument during the course of the performance. Players should have a good time with this one and audiences should readily embrace it as well! Instrumentation includes: xylophone, vibraphone, marimba, and an assortment of drums (toms, congas, etc.) as well as numerous small percussion instrument; afuche, cowbell, slide whistle, bullroar, and bamboo chimes among others. adv. high school/college.

Recorded on ABOUT TIME - [CD-2008, EAST2WESTSTUDIOS] 

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