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Mainstream Mallets

Timeless 2-mallet solos for today’s mere mortal
Level: Med-Easy to Med-Advanced
Pages: 44
Release Date: 2019
Product ID : TSPB-44
Price: $19.00
Item #: TSPB-44

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Description

In Mainstream Mallets, Jason Hammond-Wood has compiled over 20 short, 2-malet solos with optional piano accompaniment to challenge more experienced middle school students while offering high school percussionists more performance opportunities.

All selections are familiar tunes, including classical favorites such as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Anitra’s Dance (from Peer Gynt), and The Barber of Seville. Also included are nonclassical melodies like The Stars and Stripes Forever, The Entertainer, and On Wisconsin (the university’s fight song).

All pieces are playable on xylophone, vibraphone, or marimba, and two of the solos are adapted to be performed as duets! The optional piano accompaniment may be performed with a pianist, or by using the provided audio accompaniment tracks.

Mainstream Mallets includes these 24 pieces:

  • On Wisconsin | J.S. Hubbard & Charles D. Rosa | (Med-Easy, :35)
  • The Happy Farmer | Robert Schumann | (Med-Easy, :51)
  • Bourrée | Johann Sebastian Bach | (Med-Easy, 1:51)
  • Infernal Galop | Jacques Offenbach | (Med-Easy, 1:06)
  • Sonatina | Muzio Clementi | (Medium, 1:07)
  • Hungarian Dance No. 5 | Johannes Brahms | (Medium, 1:47)
  • Pizzicati | Léo Delibes | (Med-Easy, 2:07)
  • Sleeping Beauty | Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky | (Medium, 1:33)
  • The Barber of Seville | Gioachino Rossini | (Medium, 1:22)
  • The Royal Fireworks | George Frideric Handel | (Medium, 1:19)
  • Anitra's Dance | Edvard Grieg | (Medium, 1:40)
  • The Entertainer | Scott Joplin | (Medium, 2:10)
  • Spring Season | Antonio Vivaldi | (Medium, 1:47)
  • The Stars and Stripes Forever | John Phillip Sousa | (Medium, 2:12)
  • Badinerie | Johann Sebastian Bach | (Med-Advanced, :57)
  • The Chromatic Galop | Franz Liszt | (Medium, 1:19)
  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice | Paul Dukas | (Med-Advanced, 1:43)
  • Trepak [Russian Dance] Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky | (Med-Advanced, 1:10)
  • Turkish March | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | (Med-Advanced, 1:52)
  • Csárdás | Vittorio Monti | (Med-Advanced, 1:44)
  • Back Home Again | James F. Hanley | (Medium, 1:18)
  • Raindrop | Frédéric Chopin | (Medium, 1:45)
  • Bourrée [Duet Version] Johann Sebastian Bach | (Med-Easy, 1:53)
  • Sleeping Beauty [Duet Version] | Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky | (Medium, 1:35)

 

Mainstream Mallets ships as a fully-bound book with a sleek cover design by Bob Beck of Montreal’s Design Society. Also included are reference recordings of each piece, PDF parts for duets, PDF parts for the piano accompaniment, and audio tracks with piano only, so that players can perform with just the piano accompaniment if desired.

 

Reviews

Here is a great collection of two-mallet solos based on classic literature from the Baroque to the Romantic period with a couple of marches and ragtime pieces included to round things out. Composers include Bach, Offenbach, Clementi, Dukas, Mozart, Chopin, and Joplin, among others. The book comes with a CD-Rom containing PDF parts for printing and MP3/AAC recordings that include both the complete performances of the works along with the piano accompaniments to be used as play-alongs. As the introduction states, “This collection of 2-mallet solos intends to fill the gap between beginner 2-mallet solos and 4-mallet literature.” The pieces could be played on a marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone.

Each piece is between one and two pages, and contain dynamics but no phrase markings. The book concludes with two duet versions of pieces found earlier in the book. Stickings are included when needed. This is an excellent collection of pieces that have been well presented as pedagogical materials for intermediate students.


—Tom Morgan
Percussive Notes 
Vol. 58, No. 2, April 2020

Description

In Mainstream Mallets, Jason Hammond-Wood has compiled over 20 short, 2-malet solos with optional piano accompaniment to challenge more experienced middle school students while offering high school percussionists more performance opportunities.

All selections are familiar tunes, including classical favorites such as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Anitra’s Dance (from Peer Gynt), and The Barber of Seville. Also included are nonclassical melodies like The Stars and Stripes Forever, The Entertainer, and On Wisconsin (the university’s fight song).

All pieces are playable on xylophone, vibraphone, or marimba, and two of the solos are adapted to be performed as duets! The optional piano accompaniment may be performed with a pianist, or by using the provided audio accompaniment tracks.

Mainstream Mallets includes these 24 pieces:

  • On Wisconsin | J.S. Hubbard & Charles D. Rosa | (Med-Easy, :35)
  • The Happy Farmer | Robert Schumann | (Med-Easy, :51)
  • Bourrée | Johann Sebastian Bach | (Med-Easy, 1:51)
  • Infernal Galop | Jacques Offenbach | (Med-Easy, 1:06)
  • Sonatina | Muzio Clementi | (Medium, 1:07)
  • Hungarian Dance No. 5 | Johannes Brahms | (Medium, 1:47)
  • Pizzicati | Léo Delibes | (Med-Easy, 2:07)
  • Sleeping Beauty | Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky | (Medium, 1:33)
  • The Barber of Seville | Gioachino Rossini | (Medium, 1:22)
  • The Royal Fireworks | George Frideric Handel | (Medium, 1:19)
  • Anitra's Dance | Edvard Grieg | (Medium, 1:40)
  • The Entertainer | Scott Joplin | (Medium, 2:10)
  • Spring Season | Antonio Vivaldi | (Medium, 1:47)
  • The Stars and Stripes Forever | John Phillip Sousa | (Medium, 2:12)
  • Badinerie | Johann Sebastian Bach | (Med-Advanced, :57)
  • The Chromatic Galop | Franz Liszt | (Medium, 1:19)
  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice | Paul Dukas | (Med-Advanced, 1:43)
  • Trepak [Russian Dance] Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky | (Med-Advanced, 1:10)
  • Turkish March | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | (Med-Advanced, 1:52)
  • Csárdás | Vittorio Monti | (Med-Advanced, 1:44)
  • Back Home Again | James F. Hanley | (Medium, 1:18)
  • Raindrop | Frédéric Chopin | (Medium, 1:45)
  • Bourrée [Duet Version] Johann Sebastian Bach | (Med-Easy, 1:53)
  • Sleeping Beauty [Duet Version] | Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky | (Medium, 1:35)

 

Mainstream Mallets ships as a fully-bound book with a sleek cover design by Bob Beck of Montreal’s Design Society. Also included are reference recordings of each piece, PDF parts for duets, PDF parts for the piano accompaniment, and audio tracks with piano only, so that players can perform with just the piano accompaniment if desired.

 

Reviews

Here is a great collection of two-mallet solos based on classic literature from the Baroque to the Romantic period with a couple of marches and ragtime pieces included to round things out. Composers include Bach, Offenbach, Clementi, Dukas, Mozart, Chopin, and Joplin, among others. The book comes with a CD-Rom containing PDF parts for printing and MP3/AAC recordings that include both the complete performances of the works along with the piano accompaniments to be used as play-alongs. As the introduction states, “This collection of 2-mallet solos intends to fill the gap between beginner 2-mallet solos and 4-mallet literature.” The pieces could be played on a marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone.

Each piece is between one and two pages, and contain dynamics but no phrase markings. The book concludes with two duet versions of pieces found earlier in the book. Stickings are included when needed. This is an excellent collection of pieces that have been well presented as pedagogical materials for intermediate students.


—Tom Morgan
Percussive Notes 
Vol. 58, No. 2, April 2020



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