SACRED and HOLIDAY music for Percussion Instruments

Solos, Duets and Ensembles in a variety of instrumental combinations, suitable for sacred contexts as well as the recital hall.

 

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PAS Italy 2016

The 14th annual Italy Percussion Competition and Festival will be held from the 13th to the 18th of September in Montesilvano-Pescara (Italy). The festival features an international panel of judges and performers and will host students from around the globe.

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NEW RELEASES 2016

NOW AVAILABLE Robert S. Cohen's new title for Vibraphone and Marimba Duo: Happy Fugue'N Birthday
Also available, for percussion ensemble: Love Triangles for Percussion Trio.

Sacred and Holiday Music for Percussion

SOLOS - Keyboard Percussion & Multiple Percussion

Amazing Grace
Traditional - Arr. Daniel Heslink
Price: $17.95
Amazing Grace

This challenging arrangement for solo marimba (four-mallets), is comprised of a four-part chorale-style exposition of the famous early American melody, followed by four variations in contrasting styles. The variations make use of performance practices of West African players of the gyil (ostinato figures in one hand against polyrhythmic melodic fragments in the other), quartel and quintal harmonies, arpeggiated textures (reminiscent of Japanese Koto performance) as well as copious use of independent rolls (single-handed). The five movements can be played as a "suite" or independently as the performance context requires. This is an ideal piece for sacred contexts as well as the recital hall. adv. high school/college.

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Christmas Marimba
Bruce Henzcel
Price: $24.95
Christmas Marimba

The purpose of this edition is to provide the working percussionist with a collection of Christmas
carols, all of which are concert worthy. Appropriate for a variety of settings, these pieces can be performed as solos, duets, or with any larger number of players. Great care was taken to maintain the integrity and character of each piece. Various techniques for two and four mallets are incorporated, as well as many different styles of music from around the world. The order of the pieces as it is, can work well for a concert program. The performer should feel free to improvise his/her own ideas when musically relevant. Some pieces were arranged for a four-and-a-half octave marimba, and will need to be transposed up an octave, or into another key to be used on a smaller marimba. Reference CD included.
high school/college.

More Christmas/Holiday titles.   

Insansa Christmas - CD

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Five Hymns for Marimba
Traditional
- Arr. Dan Heslink
Price: $18.00
Five Hymns for Marimba

Unique solo adaptations
- a combination of
contemporary performance techniques
(one-handed rolls, etc.)
with traditional hymn tunes
(Blessed Assurance, et al).
The five movements can be played in sequence as one unified selection, or individual movements can be played as separate, shorter selections. Four mallets.
adv. high school/college.

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Gospel Reflections
Stuart Sacks
Price: $8.95
Gospel Reflections

This work is an appealing treatment of various hymn tunes woven together into one continuous showcase for the solo vibist's musicality and interpretive abilities! Suitable for the recital hall or sacred settings. adv. high school/college.  

". . . offers ample opportunity for expression and sufficient technical material to impress the listener."  (Percussive Notes )

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Jerusalem 1099:
for Solo Multiple Percussion
Brett Jones
Price: $14.95
 Jerusalem 1099: for Solo Multiple Percussion , Score Samples

Jerusalem 1099, scored for
solo multiple percussion, sonically depicts the
crusaders’ capture
of Jerusalem in the year 1099. It may also be considered symbolic of our earthly
journey to the heavenly Jerusalem. The final section, played on ringing bowls, quotes a traditional Latin burial antiphon, “Into paradise…Jerusalem.”
. . . Brett Jones

Instrumentation:
Graduated Toms (4),
Brake Drum, Cymbal, Cowbell,
Bass Drum and Bowls (6).
adv. high school/college.

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Transformation of Pachelbel's "Canon"
Nanae Mimura
Price: $15.95
Transformation of Pachelbel's "Canon" for Solo Marimba

[Revised 2012]
A wonderfully accessible adaptation of this widely known piece - re-worked for solo marimba (four-mallets). This version would work equally well for sacred contexts, weddings or the
recital hall!
adv. high school/college. Duration approx: 5' 45" - requires a 5 octave marimba.
[Recorded on CD - Marimba Spiritual/Nanae Mimura - SRCR 2565, SONY Records]

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Triptych
Edward Macan
Price: $20.00
Triptych for Solo Marimba

Tour-de-force for solo marimba in three movements! This work was inspired by the tripartite altarpieces of the medieval and renaissance periods. college.

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What Shall I Cry?
Daniel Davis
Price: $18.95
What Shall I Cry? - for Solo Marimba

Inspired by biblical passages from Isaiah and I Peter this challenging solo was commissioned by the New Mexico Music Teachers Association. Premiered by Christopher Shultis, this work displays many interesting textures and allows ample opportunity
for an advanced performer to show discerning musical finesse.
[Four mallets - 4 1/3 octave marimba]. college/professional.

"The musical vocabulary is contemporary and full of passion. Marimba players looking for advanced literature will find this work challenging and musically rewarding."
(Percussive Notes)

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With Sunshine In His Face 
Ben Wahlund
Price: $12.95
With Sunshine In His Face for Solo Marimba

This is a beautiful, melodic and accessible intermediate to advanced level marimba solo that incorporates many contemporary marimba techniques. Inspired by the composer’s experience with the death of a loved one and the ensuing grieving process the work "is meant to capture death’s grief and the coping that accompanies it, while addressing very important marimba techniques. Conceptually the solo aims to bridge the gap between two poles in percussion literature - particularly advanced pieces with little accessibility, and elementary pieces that revolve around exercising certain techniques, with what seems to be little regard for the music involved. . . . I prefer to think of this more like a tone poem about the grieving process with a peaceful resolution."(BW)
[Four mallets - 4 octave marimba]. adv. high school/college.

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DUETS    
Two Percussion, Narrator Vibraphone and Flute Vibraphone and Piano
Parables (The)
Dan Heslink
Price: $28.00
The Parables

Scored for two multi-percussionists and narrator - percussionists interpret text based on New Testament scripture. Twelve movements, can
be performed in various combinations, requires large array of percussion instruments: timpani (4), chimes, xylophone, tam tam, vibes, orchestra bells, and numerous small percussion instruments; whistles, maracas, cymbals, claves, . . .
adv. high school/college.

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Gospel Meditation (A)
Stuart Sacks
Price: $15.00Gospel Reflections

Scored for vibraphone
(four-mallets) and flute,
this work would be at
home in a sacred setting
or in the recital hall.
The challenging
vibraphone part offers
many opportunities for artistic expression,
while the flute part is
less complex and
easily accessible.
adv. high school/college.

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... and now these three remain...
for Vibraphone and Piano
Eric Thomas Rath
Price: $15.95
... and now these three remain...

This is a challenging four-mallet vibraphone solo with piano accompaniment. The work explores the rhythmic and harmonic interplay between the two instruments as each shares its responsibilities to accompany and to lead. “...and now these three remain...” could be equally at home in the recital hall or the church sanctuary. advanced high school/college.

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DUETS    
Percussion and Voice    
Come Away for
Soprano and Vibraphone

Mark Goodenberger
Price: $18.00
Come Away, Score Samples

Scored for soprano and vibraphone. The text (in English) for Come Away
draws from the Song of Solomon, in the Hebrew Scripture. The original prose is the serenade of a young man inviting his beloved to follow him
for a time of romance.
In Come Away,
the words evolve into
a ballad of unrequited love. Nice change of pace for recitals or sacred settings!
Requires 4 mallets. adv. high school/college.

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Missa Brevis
for Mezzo-soprano
and Vibraphone

Brett Jones
Price: $17.95
Missa Brevis, Score Samples

Scored for mezzo-soprano
and vibraphone. This work consists of two short but challenging movements:
Kyrie and Gloria,
and makes use of Greek nd Latin texts. The vibraphone part does not serve merely as accompaniment to the soprano, but rather in many instances displays interesting rhythmic and melodic counterpoint to
the sopranos' melodic lines. The vibraphone part requires four-mallets and intermediate/advanced technique.
This piece offers a unique setting of these texts and would be appropriate both for sacred settings and the concert hall! college.

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Kyrie    Gloria
Visions of the Glory of God
for Soprano (Tenor)
and Vibraphone

Walter B. Saul
Price: $25.00
Visions of the Glory of God, Score Samples

Written for Doug Walter, and scored for soprano (opt. tenor) and vibraphone, this work is based on four poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins that portray many different aspects of the Holy Trinity.
A challenging work for vibist, this work would be suitable for both the recital hall or a sacred setting. college.

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DUETS ENSEMBLES  
Harp and Percussion Percussion Trio Percussion Trio
On The Day Of Pentecost for
Harp and Percussion

Walter B. Saul
Price: $25.00
On The Day Of Pentecost for Harp and Percussion

This musical portrait, inspired by events in the Book of Acts, is scored for the unique pairing of harp and one multi-percussionist. Plenty of room in this one to display one's musical finesse with regard to dynamics and subtle nuance. Suitable for the recital hall or sacred settings. Percussion instrumentation: glockenspiel, xylophone, marimba, tom toms (5), bass drum suspended cymbal (3), and gong. college.

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Christmas Treeos
Arranged by
Thomas Buß
Price: $25.95
 Christmas Treeos

A collection of well-known International Christmas songs arranged for percussion trio - vibraphone, marimba and timpani - with optional parts for percussion ensemble.
Titles: Adeste Fidelis (ENGLAND), Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (ENGLAND), Jingle Bells (USA), Kommet Ihr Hirten (BOHEMIA), Les anges dans nos campagnes (FRANCE), O Du Fröhliche (ITALY / GERMANY), Süßer die Glocken nie klingen (GERMANY).
Optional percussion parts: snare, triangle, bass drum, tambourine, cymbal, drumset, sleigh bells, guiro, cowbell, cabasa, claves, crotales, maracas, vibraslap. Score and parts: 78 pages.

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Christmas -
South of the Border
~ for 3 Players
on one MARIMBA ~

arr. Terry L. Baldridge
Price: $29.95Christmas South of the Border, 3 players on one Marimba

Festive collection of eight titles for the holiday season. The arrangements in this collection are all part of a genre known as VILLANCICO. This is the Spanish label for a traditional popular song. Originating in medieval Spain this musical style often included dance rhythms,
and it subsequently became very popular in
Latin America.
The term now frequently refers to Christmas songs. 
Arranged for
three players
on one
4 1/3-octave marimba. 
high school/college.

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ENSEMBLES    
Percussion Trio/Quartet Percussion Ens. 11 Players Percussion Ens. 8 Players
Fantasy on St. Patrick's Day
Henri Vieuxtemps/Clair Omar Musser, adapted by
Richard K. LeVan
Price: $22.95
Fantasy on St. Patrick's Day

This is a crowd-pleasing feature for a marimba soloist - scored for marimba trio and Bodhran (tom tom, or other drum could substitute). Great if you have at least one 5-octave instrument, but can be easily adapted to 4 1/3 octave instruments. adv. high school/college.

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Joy to the World
Arr. Dennis Griffin
Price: $22.95
 Joy to the World

Scored for 11 players, this is an accessible arrangement of a holiday favorite. Instrumentation: Crotales, Bells, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Chimes, Marimba [2-3], Drum set, Triangle/Tambourine/Cow Bell and Timpani [4].
high school/college.

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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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ENSEMBLES  
Percussion Ens.12 Players Percussion Trio Percussion Quintet
Russian Dance
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arr. Gabriel M. Staznik
Price: $25.95
Russian Dance

Accessible and recognizable seasonal favorite.
Instrumentation: bells, xylophone, vibraphone (2), marimba (4 players/three instruments), timpani and percussion.
high school/college.

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Saint Patrick's Shenanigan
John R. Beck
Price: $15.95
 Saint Patrick's Shenanigan for Percussion Trio

Lively, unique percussion trio - scored for 2x4's and cowbells! Could be conceived of as a parody, or a tribute to Riverdance - depending on one's frame of reference! At any rate, it is intended to be played as an encore - with a good sense of humor! high school/college.

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Sinfonia
 J. S. Bach -
arr. by Rick Willis
Price: $22.95
Sinfonia for Percussion Quintet

Sinfonia, for four marimbas and timpani, is derived from Johann Sebastian Bach's Cantata 29 "Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir" (BWV 29) - written in 1731. This adaptation provides a setting for a percussion ensemble to perform the Preludio from Bach’s Violin Partita #3 (BWV 1006, 1720), which is often performed as a marimba solo. In this arrangement, the accompaniment has been transposed to E major, the key of the original Preludio, that is such a favorite with marimba artists and students. In this work's contrapuntal brilliance, each mallet part offers its own beauty, challenges and learning opportunities. Appropriate for the concert hall or
the sanctuary. advanced high school/college.

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SOLO  
Snare Drum    
The King of King's White Horse
William P. Messerschmidt
Price: $15.95
The King of King's White Horse

Inspired by Biblical imagery found in the book of Revelation - this is a challenging snare solo that  primarily utilizes advanced rudimental patterns and configurations - from beginning to end!
adv. high school/college.

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