Percussion Ensemble

Unpitched percussion ensemble (kitchen sink optional)

ListenScoreTitleScoringDur.Year
view scoreDrum Row5-8 unpitched percussion 2'1980
Order This»Final variation from Lifeboat Variations. Rhythmic chain of micro-variations on the pitch shape of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," showing off the non-pitched percussion. Smash ending. Finalist, Korg contest 1989.

Transcriptions for pitched and mixed percussion ensembles

All these are hommages, but also offshoots of my youthful campaign to help legitimize the percussion ensemble with solid music. Since I was a young piano student, I have always loved Schumann’s children’s pieces, and the Prophet Bird works neatly for percussion. The Debussy Fireworks seemed to cry out for a splashy large percussion ensemble transcription, as well. And I adore all the Bartok children’s pieces on Balkan  folk melodies and the later books of Mikrokosmos–I probably learned more 20th century compositional techniques from the latter than from any other direct source. I intend to transcribe more as time allows . . . (also Debussy’s Sunken Cathedral).

ListenScoreComposerTitleScoringDur.Order
view scoreSchumannProphet Bird 5 pitched percussion (glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone, marimba, timpani; optional chime)3'Order This»
view scoreBachSinfonia, Cantata 129marimba (or xylophone) solo (or duet) with concert band3'15Order This»
no digital score availableDebussyFeu d'artifice10-12 percussion, mostly pitched5'Order This»
no digital score availableBartokGrasshopper's Wedding6 percussion1'45Order This»
no digital score availableBartokSong of the Feast5 percussion1'Order This»
no digital score availableBartokBear Dance6 percussion1'45Order This»
view scoreBartokInterrupted Melody (Mikrokosmos 83)5 percussion1'Order This»
no digital score availableBartokNotturno (Mikrokosmos 97)vibraphone (or marimba), timpani1'45Order This»
view scoreBartokMelody in the Mist (Mikrokosmos 107)5 percussion1'Order This»
view scoreBartokFrom the Island of Bali (Mikrokosmos 109)5 percussion2'Order This»
view scoreBartokClashing Sounds (Mikrokosmos 110)vibraphone, marimba1'Order This»
view scoreBartokVariations on a Folk Tune (Mikrokosmos 112)5 percussion1'Order This»
view scoreBartokBulgarian Rhythm (Mikrokosmos 113)6-8 percussion1'Order This»
view scoreBartokTriplets in 9/8 (Mikrokosmos 118)vibraphone, marimba1'Order This»
view scoreBartokFifth Chords (Mikrokosmos 120)5 percussion1'Order This»
no digital score availableBartokStaccato (Mikrokosmos 124)timpani, vibraphone, marimba1'15Order This»
no digital score availableBartokBoating (Mikrokosmos 125)timpani, vibraphone, marimba1'25Order This»
no digital score availableBartokTime Change (Mikrokosmos 126)6 percussion1'Order This»
no digital score availableBartokAlternating 3rds (Mikrokosmos 129)5 percussion1'Order This»
no digital score availableBartokUnison (Mikrokosmos 137)6 percussion1'25Order This»
no digital score availableBartokBagpipe (Mikrokosmos 138)6 percussion1'20Order This»
no digital score availableBartokMerry Andrew (Mikrokosmos 139)vibraphone, marimba1'Order This»
no digital score availableBartok2nds & 7ths (Mikrokosmos 144)6 percussion4'Order This»
no digital score availableBartokOstinato (Mikrokosmos 146)6 percussion2'15Order This»
no digital score availableBartokBulgarian Rhythm 1 (Mikrokosmos 148)6 percussion1'45Order This»
no digital score availableBartokBulgarian Rhythm 6 (Mikrokosmos 153)6 percussion2'Order This»
view scoreSchoenbergOp. 19 no. 14-5 percussion0'45Order This»
view scoreSchoenbergOp. 19 no. 24-5 percussion0'46Order This»
view scoreSchoenbergOp. 19 no. 44 percussion0'30Order This»
view scoreSchoenbergOp. 19 no. 54 percussion0'20Order This»
view scoreSchoenbergOp. 19 no. 66 percussion1'Order This»