Percussion Ensemble

Unpitched percussion ensemble (kitchen sink optional)

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view score Drum Row 5-8 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).
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view score Schumann Prophet Bird 5 pitched percussion (glockenspiel, xylophone, vibraphone, marimba, timpani; optional chime) 3′ Order This»
view score Bach Sinfonia, Cantata 129 marimba (or xylophone) solo (or duet) with concert band 3’15 Order This»
no digital score available Debussy Feu d’artifice 10-12 percussion, mostly pitched 5′ Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Grasshopper’s Wedding 6 percussion 1’45 Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Song of the Feast 5 percussion 1′ Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Bear Dance 6 percussion 1’45 Order This»
view score Bartok Interrupted Melody (Mikrokosmos 83) 5 percussion 1′ Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Notturno (Mikrokosmos 97) vibraphone (or marimba), timpani 1’45 Order This»
view score Bartok Melody in the Mist (Mikrokosmos 107) 5 percussion 1′ Order This»
view score Bartok From the Island of Bali (Mikrokosmos 109) 5 percussion 2′ Order This»
view score Bartok Clashing Sounds (Mikrokosmos 110) vibraphone, marimba 1′ Order This»
view score Bartok Variations on a Folk Tune (Mikrokosmos 112) 5 percussion 1′ Order This»
view score Bartok Bulgarian Rhythm (Mikrokosmos 113) 6-8 percussion 1′ Order This»
view score Bartok Triplets in 9/8 (Mikrokosmos 118) vibraphone, marimba 1′ Order This»
view score Bartok Fifth Chords (Mikrokosmos 120) 5 percussion 1′ Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Staccato (Mikrokosmos 124) timpani, vibraphone, marimba 1’15 Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Boating (Mikrokosmos 125) timpani, vibraphone, marimba 1’25 Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Time Change (Mikrokosmos 126) 6 percussion 1′ Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Alternating 3rds (Mikrokosmos 129) 5 percussion 1′ Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Unison (Mikrokosmos 137) 6 percussion 1’25 Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Bagpipe (Mikrokosmos 138) 6 percussion 1’20 Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Merry Andrew (Mikrokosmos 139) vibraphone, marimba 1′ Order This»
no digital score available Bartok 2nds & 7ths (Mikrokosmos 144) 6 percussion 4′ Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Ostinato (Mikrokosmos 146) 6 percussion 2’15 Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Bulgarian Rhythm 1 (Mikrokosmos 148) 6 percussion 1’45 Order This»
no digital score available Bartok Bulgarian Rhythm 6 (Mikrokosmos 153) 6 percussion 2′ Order This»
view score Schoenberg Op. 19 no. 1 4-5 percussion 0’45 Order This»
view score Schoenberg Op. 19 no. 2 4-5 percussion 0’46 Order This»
view score Schoenberg Op. 19 no. 4 4 percussion 0’30 Order This»
view score Schoenberg Op. 19 no. 5 4 percussion 0’20 Order This»
view score Schoenberg Op. 19 no. 6 6 percussion 1′ Order This»