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PAS Italy 2017

The 15th annual Italy Percussion Competition and Festival will be held in September (2017) 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.

Snare Drum Solos

Portraits of a Waltz
for Solo Snare Drum
Robert McCormick
Price: $15.95
 Portraits of a Waltz, Score Samples

1st place winner - Keystone Percussion Composition Contest 2006
Snare drum solo, in three movements, which makes use of a variety of challenging performance techniques. 
adv. high school/college. 
[Recorded on Tympanum Ubïquitäs - HRCD005]

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The Final Round
for Solo Snare Drum

José Antonio Moreno Romero
Price: $17.95
The Final Round for Solo Snare Drum

2nd place winner PAS ITALY Composition Contest 2015.

In this challenging solo, several different contrasts in timbre are achieved by using the normal playing area as well as the rim area, the addition of "rim shots" and "stick shots" for aural punctuation, and the pitch bends, via changing the pressures on the drum head (Glissando), all contributing to make this an very interesting piece for study and performance.

In addition, the use of a wide range of dynamic levels in conjunction with numerous metric changes, and varied tempi, help set-up distinct "sectional" contrasts as well. 

The inclusion of a Cadenza section, with it's various suggestions for dynamics, rhythms and the varied use of buzz strokes and glissando - could really be "opened up" by a creative performer.

Overall this is a challenging solo for the player - yet is varied and interesting enough to hold a listener's attention as well - with the aural contrasts (sections) easily discernible.  This would make a great recital work for intermediate to advanced level performers.(ca. 8' 46")

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The Whimsical Nature of
Small Particle Physics
Ben Wahlund
Price: $18.95
The Whimsical Nature of Small Particle Physics, Score Samples

2nd place winner -
Keystone Percussion
Composition Contest 2006

Scored for Snare Drum
and Soundscape. 
[Recorded on Tympanum Ubïquitäs - HRCD005]

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    Marimba and Vibraphone Solos

Crystal Butterfly
for Solo Marimba
and Soundscape

Ben Wahlund
Price: $17.95
 Crystal Butterfly for Solo Marimba and Soundscape

2nd place winner - 2003 PAS Composition Contest.
 Marimba and Electronics. Unique intermediate level marimba solo that incorporates contemporary marimba techniques.
[Four mallets - 4 1/3 octave marimba].
adv. high school/college.

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Floes
for Solo Vibraphone

Alan Chan
Price: $15.95
Floes for Solo Vibraphone

2nd place winner - 2004
PAS Composition Contest
.
A great exploration of the prolific sound qualities of
the vibraphone, this work was inspired by the images
of large ice "Floes" and the reflections of these giant ice statues on the surrounding waters. "Floes" reflects this imagery with rich harmonic language and timbre. This challenging piece requires four mallets as well as a bow, and makes use of many contemporary performance techniques.
Duration: ca. 7'.
adv. high school/college.

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Score and Video Samples
KODA
for Solo Vibraphone

Jan Freicher
Price: $15.95
 KODA for Solo Vibraphone

1st place winner -
2008 PAS Italy
Composition Contest
.
Written with a pop flavor utilizing elements of polyphonic texture, with rich harmonic voicings and Latin-American influenced rhythms, KODA would make a great addition to any recital performance.
With memorable melody
and harmony, as well as symmetric, comprehensible form, this challenging solo is sure to please audiences as well as performers. college/professional

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The Labyrinth
for Solo Vibraphone

Chappell Kingsland
Price: $15.95
 The Labyrinth for Solo Vibraphone

1st place winner -
2004 PAS Composition Contest.
This piece opens with several different musical ideas presented in quick succession, which are then explored, combined and transformed.
In fact, these ideas take a tangled journey through juxtapositions of cism and diatonicism, density and sparseness, thick harmonies and quick melodies, and widely varying moods - requiring great virtuosity and creative interpretation from the performer! Duration: ca. 8-9'. college/professional.

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Marimba in Fuga
for Solo Marimba

Federico Palumbi
Price: $15.95
Marimba in Fuga for Solo Marimba

2nd place winner -
2011 PAS Italy Composition Contest. Accessible four-mallet solo, appealing to performers and audiences alike.

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Market Day
for Solo Vibraphone

Saverio Tasca
Price: $15.95
Market Day for Solo Vibraphone

3rd place winner - 
2004 PAS
Composition Contest
.
Starting with a
slow and relaxed
introduction that makes
use of bowed notes as well as a melody played with mallets, the piece quickly moves into a very rhythmic groove. For the intermediate/advanced performer this will be an accessible piece that would be very audience friendly!
Duration: ca. 7'15".
adv. high school/college.

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scenes for summertime
for
Solo Vibraphone

Dana Difilippantonio
Price: $18.00
scenes for summertime for Solo Vibraphone

2nd place Winner - 2011 PAS Composition Contest.
Accessible five-movement suite for solo vibraphone.
adv. high school/college.

SEE ALSO:
MARIMBA-SYNTHESIS.

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Three Movements
for a Solo Dancer

Eckhard Kopetzki
Price: $18.95
Three Movements for a Solo Dancer

1st place winner - 2003 PAS Composition Contest. Challenging three movement marimba solo (four mallets) - can be played on a 4 1/3 or 5 octave instrument. In the second and third movements, the player sometimes has to strike the frame of the marimba simultaneously while playing on the bars with the left hand - imitating the "clacking" of a dancer's shoes on a floor. A very expressive piece for the accomplished performer! college/professional.

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Sound Samples:
I. mysterious love

II. dance on a shattered mirror

III. memory of a mystery


MORE TITLES
by
Eckhard Kopetzki

Concert Suite For Snare Drum

Different Ways for Solo Timpani

Exploration of Time for Percussion Ensemble
 
Marimba Music for Percussion Ensemble

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TIME-CLOUDS
for Solo Vibraphone

Jorge Vidales
Price: $18.00
TIME-CLOUDS for Solo Vibraphone

3rd place Winner -
2011 PAS Composition Contest.
Challenging solo, four mallets, great choice for advanced recital programs.

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Two Images for Vibraphone and Piano
Ting-Chuan Chen
Price: $34.95
Two Images for Vibraphone and Piano

1st place winner -
2013 PAS Italy Composition Contest. Challenging concert/recital work for both vibraphone and piano.
Two stand-alone
movements:
Midnight in Buenos Aires, with some subtle tango influences, and Dizzy Bird  with some subtle, and not so subtle, jazz influences!
college/professional.

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Sound Samples:
Midnight in Buenos Aires
Dizzy Bird
VIBRASTRINGS:
Concerto for Electric Vibraphone and String Quartet

Luca V. Lorusso
Price: $39.95
VIBRASTRINGS: Concerto for Electric Vibraphone and String Quartet

1st Place Winner - 2013 PAS Italy Composition Contest. A great recital showcase for the adventurous vibist!
Vibraphone scoring interacts beautifully with the string quartet. Requires an amplified vibraphone and some extra effects modules for a unique performance experience. college/professional.

Three movements:
I: ca. 6' 09"
II: ca. 7' 53"
III: ca. 7' 56"
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Score and Vibraphone Solo: $39.95

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Vibraphone Solo: $17.95

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Score: $25.95

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Strings: $25.95

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Complete: Score, Solo and Strings - $59.95

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Timpani Solos 

IMPROMPTU ZETA
for Solo Timpani
Andrés VALERO-CASTELLS
Price: $17.95
 Impromptu Zeta for Solo Timpani

The focus of this challenging piece is to explore the many different expressive nuances of timpani – focusing particularly on frequent pitch changes and the different types of sounds available from these magnificent instruments.  Rhythms employed in the work are based on the structure of Zortzico, a popular round dance in quintuple meter from the Basque region of northern Spain. Hence the “Z” in the title.  MALLETS: Medium, Soft, Hard, Wood, Superball Mallet (1) & Suspended Cymbal (1) (preferably medium crash).  college/professional.

 IMPROMPTU ZETA was awarded the Third Prize in Cat. A, in the VIII International Composition Contest for Percussion 2010, organized by the Italy Percussive Arts Society.

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Rhapsody No.2
for Solo Timpani
Alexis A. Orfaly
Price: $15.95
Rhapsody No. 2 for Solo Timpani

Challenging solo for five timpani - 1st place winner in the PAS Composition Contest 2006!

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Variations and Themes
for Four Timpani (Solo)
Peter Coutsouridis
Price: $17.95
Variations and Themes for Solo Timpani

3rd place winner in the
PAS Composition Contest 2010!
A tour-de-force for a
solo timpanist.

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Percussion Solo and Percussion with Saxophone

Mons Montis: A Great Rock for Percussion and Soundscape
Da Jeong Choi
Price: $18.00
Mons Montis: A Great Rock

2nd place winner
in the PAS Composition Contest 2005!
Scored for a set-up that includes drums as well as a number of small percussion instruments - one player. college/professional.

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Jitterbug/Ballad
for Alto/Soprano Saxophone and Marimba

Chris Rozé
Price: 25.95Jitterbug/Ballad for Alto/Soprano Saxophone and Marimba

2nd place winner in the PAS Composition Contest 2001! Revised in 2014, this work provides a challenging work-out for both players.  Marimba part requires 4 mallets and a 5-octave instrument.

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SEE ALSO VERSIONS:

Jitterbug/Ballad for Clarinet and Marimba

and

Jitterbug/Ballad for Violin
and Marimba

Suspended Contact
for Alto Saxophone
and Percussion

Shawn Crouch
Price: $25.95
Suspended Contact for Alto Saxophone and Percussion

1st place winner in the PAS Composition Contest 2001! Challenging work scored for alto sax and one multi-percussionist. Percussionist moves from start to finish - no counting of multiple measures of rests in this one! Rhythmically charged, up-tempo interaction between instruments is highly effective for listeners!

Percussion instrumentation includes: vibraphone, snare drum, cymbals (sus. and hi-hat), wood block, gongs (3) and toms. college/professional

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Voice and Vibraphone

Four Basho Haiku
for Soprano and Vibraphone

Jorge Vidales
Price: $22.95
 Four Basho Haiku, Score Samples

2nd place winner - PAS Composition Contest - 2008! Scored for soprano and vibraphone, this work in four movements: Winter Garden, Awake at Night, Stillness and Moonlight Slanting, is based on Haiku texts. A challenging work for both performers. college/professional.

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Without a Trail to Lace for Soprano and Vibraphone
Alan Chan
Price: $22.95
Without a Trail to Lace

1st place winner - PAS Composition Contest - 2008!
Scored for soprano and vibraphone, this work in two movements: Mother's Lament and Daughter's Lullaby, is based on text by Nicky Schildkraut. A challenging work for vibist. college/professional.

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Marimba/Vibraphone and Percussion Duos 

Alabaster Vase (The)
[IL VASO DI ALABASTRO]

Stefano Ottomano
Price: $24.95

1st Place Winner
PAS ITALY Composition Contest (2015)

A unique multi-percussion duet centered on two snare drums that are mounted snare side "up" - various sonic effects are created by playing on the snare strands themselves as well as on the batter head (upside down). To this amalgam is added two bass drums (pedal), two bass drums (concert) and bongos.
The rhythms are often intricate and interlocking between the two players. This is a challenging duet suitable for accomplished percussionists.

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Dove's Delight for Vibraphone and Marimba
Jan Freicher
Price: $22.95Dove's Delight for Vibraphone and Marimba

3rd place winner -
PAS Italy Composition Contest - 2008!
Lively duet in a jazz/rock style, great interaction between parts - 4 1/3-octave marimba (ca. 9'). college/professional

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Four Sketches for Sam
Ben Wahlund
Price: $22.95Four Sketches for Sam

3rd place winner -
PAS Composition Contest - 2006!
A unique duet - scored for tenor pan and marimba,
in four movements:
1.) Little Yellow Flowers,
2.) A Good Day,
3.) Silhouette and
4.) Dream Fields
Scored for 5-ocatave marimba, four mallets. 
adv. high school/college.

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In the History of Man
Ben Wahlund
Price: $18.95
In the History of Man

1st place winner of the
1st Annual Quey Percussion Duo Composition Contest (2005) - this is a unique
duet scored for
Drum Set and Marimba.
Intricate interaction
between the parts makes
this a challenging workout! Requires a
5-octave marimba.

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KINETIC ENERGY for Vibraphone and Marimba
João Pedro Oliveira
Price: $22.95
KINETIC ENERGY for Vibraphone and Marimba

2nd place winner
Quey Percussion Duo Composition Contest - 2012.
Complex rhythmic textures and interlocking melodic lines make this a challenging work for accomplished performers!
Scored for a 5-octave marimba. college/professional.

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Prelude and Episode for Percussion Duo
Ken Shorley
Price: $17.95
 Prelude and Episode for Percussion Duo, Score Samples

Honorable Mention -
Quey Percussion Duo Composiition Contest - 2005. At times subtle,
at times highly rhythmic, this is a unique and challenging duo
in two movements: Prelude, for Frame Drum ((Bodhran, played lap-style) and Gong; and Episode, for
Frame Drum and Darabuka. This piece calls for a variety of performance techniques and some prior familiarity with basic hand drum performance practice
would be an asset, when approaching this piece - although all strokes/techniques are explained in the accompanying descriptive notes. A unique addition to any advanced level recital! college. [Recorded on Hand to Hand - HRCD010]

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Sonata for Vibraphone
and Marimba

Alfio Fazio
Price: $22.95
Sonata for Vibraphone & Marimba

1st place winner in the Quey Percussion Duo Composition Contest 2006.  A challenging work for vibraphone and marimba - both players must utilize subtle techniques and give much attention to the details of the rhythmic, melodic and harmonic interactions between the parts.  college/professional.

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Toccata Cromatica
Corale Figurato
Bicinum
Travelogue
Alphonse Izzo
Price: $18.00
Travelogue for Two Marimbas

2nd place winner in the Quey Percussion Duo Composition Contest - 2005. Challenging work for two marimbas, appropriate for the college level or professional duo - requires four mallets and one 5-octave and one 4.6-octave marimba. “The idea of writing music to accompany travel is appealing to me as it’s an unusual coupling of meditation and movement. Travelogue is an exploration of this idea, which may best be described as a road trip illustrated through sound.” (Alphonse Izzo)

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Twelve
Eric Guinivan
Price: $20.00
Twelve

2nd place winner - Quey Percussion Duo Composition Contest - 2006. Twelve is a progressively fast-paced study in development and crescendo.  Scored for twelve drums, two tam-tams, and two bells, Twelve begins with a very simple rhythmic idea that is elaborated, developed and layered through a variety of textures and tempos while maintaining a gradual accelerando and crescendo throughout.  As the piece reaches the moment of highest intensity, the key rhythmic elements begin to unfold in reverse as the tempo becomes even quicker!  Duration: ca. 12' 46"  college/professional.

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Sound Samples: 1  2  3

Percussion Ensembles 

AMPÉLOPSIS for Percussion Ensemble
Dominique R. Jayles
Price: $35.00AMPÉLOPSIS for Percussion Ensemble

1st place winner - PAS Italy Composition Contest - 2006. This ensemble piece offers a very rewarding challenge to advanced performers. Scored for six multi-percussionists, this is an intricate work requiring great attention to nuance and detail.

Instrumentation:
Marimba, Bells, Vibraphone, Xylophone and a large array of small instruments - including bongos, tom toms, triangles and a variety of cymbals among others. college/professional.

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Boogaloo:
Rough and Tumble
William Price
Price: $25.95Boogaloo: Rough and Tumble for Percussion Quartet

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 ($25.00)
or 6-7 players ($28.00).

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

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Butai No Tameno Ongaku (Music For Kabuki Theatre)
Angel Luis Ferrando-Morales
Price: $25.95
Butai No Tameno Ongaku - for Six Percussionists

Scored for six multi-percussionists, this unique work received the 2nd place prize in the 1999 PAS Composition Contest ("medium size percussion ensemble"). The work’s duration is approximately 8 minutes and it utilizes some traditional Japanese instruments as well as Western percussion instruments. The thematic material is constructed from a pentatonic scale and its transpositions and the rhythms are inspired by traditional Japanese music for the theatre, as the titles implies. This title would present a worthwhile challenge for an advanced high school or college level ensemble.

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Do You Hear the Bells Sing...?
FUNG Dic-lun
Price: 25.95
Do You Hear the Bells Sing...?

3rd place winner in the 2011 PAS Italy Composition Contest.
A unique percussion quartet that makes use of a wide variety of cymbals - Western, as well as Chinese and Tibetan, with an assortment of crotales played with a bow. Performance will require a great deal of nuance and finesse!
See score samples for a complete list of instruments.
adv. high school/college.

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Exploration of Time
Eckhard Kopetzki
Price: $32.95
Exploration of Time for Six Players

3rd place winner
in the 2003
PAS composition contest

(percussion ensemble category)!

This piece offers a challenging work-out for 6 multi-percussionists - ca. 8-9'. college/professional. (INSTRUMENTATION)

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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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Highway Soundscapes for Percussion Quartet
Antonio Ballestin
Price: $34.95
Highway Soundscapes for Percussion Quartet, Antonio Ballestin

1st Place Winner
PAS ITALY Composition Contest
- 2012

Challenging percussion quartet full of Intricate rhythmic figures and subtle dynamic nuances.
Scored for four multi-percussion set-ups. Instrumentation includes: marimba, vibraphone, timpani (29") and an array of drums and small percussion - including cymbals, sleigh bells, wood blocks, cabasa and rainstick. college.

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Marimba Quartet 
Matthew Briggs
Price: $59.95
Marimba Quartet

3rd place winner in the 2000 PAS Composition Contest, Marimba Quartet is a virtuosic, 17 minute piece written in the four-movement structure of a classical string quartet. The first movement is highly neo-classical, in sonata-allegro form. The second utilizes a cyclic, self-transposing, jazzy harmonic progression in one voice as a foundation for floating melodic ideas in the other three parts. The third, "Scherzo Rhythmicus," is a tour de force in 20 eighth-note time, leading to a surprising 3/8 conclusion. The final movement is an all-out chromatic race (a la Dimitri Shostakovich) to the climatic final triad! (4, 4.3, 4.6 and 5 octave instruments required) college/professional.

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Sound Samples:
Mvt. I
Mvt. II
Mvt. III
Mvt. IV
Primitive Cosmos (The)
Jonathan Kolm
Price: $42.00
Primitive Cosmos (The)
  

 2nd place winner in the 2001 PAS Composition Contest (Large Ensemble)! All the parts get a sustained workout - this is a challenging 10 minute work for dedicated performers!
Scored for 10 players:
3 marimbas (one 4 1/2 octave), 2 vibraphones, xylophone, bells, timpani and 2 multi-percussionists. This piece is very rhythmic, both intense and yet at times tranquil - and would make a noteworthy addition to the repertoire of any ensemble! adv. high school/college.

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