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Chopsticks (band version) (Owen)

for concert band and xylophone soloist
Level: Grade 3
Duration: 4:00
Release Date: 2018
Product ID : TSPCB18-003
Price: $70.00
Item #: TSPCB18-003

Formats Available:
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Description

Ralph Hicks’ clever and entertaining arrangement of Charles Owen’s classic theme and variations is now available for a full concert band! This version preserves the myriad of musical styles presented in Owens' original, the waltz, rhumba, tango, lento, allegro, galop, and presto, while expanding the accompaniment to a full wind ensemble. Just like Ralph Hicks' percussion ensemble arrangement, the option to play or omit the written cadenza is still available to the soloist. This is a great opportunity to showcase the talent of a percussion program and makes for an interesting and entertaining concert program!

The concert band version of Chopsticks comes as a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing individual parts and an audio recording. 

Instrumentation

• Flute

• Oboe

• Bassoon

• Clarinet 1 in B-flat

• Clarinet 2-3 in B-flat

• Bass clarinet in B-flat

• Alto saxophone

• Tenor saxophone

• Baritone saxophone

• Trumpet 1 in B-flat

• Trumpet 2 in B-flat

• Horn in F

• Trombone

• Tuba

Percussion: (7 players + soloist)

• Solo xylophone

• Glockenspiel +marimba (shared)

• Snare drum and Bass drum (2 players) +hi-hat

• Crash cymbals +marimba (shared)

• Castanets + marimba (shared), woodblock (low), tam-tam

• Tambourine +woodblock, maracas, castanets (shared), triangle

• 4 Timpani

Reviews

Chopsticks is a clever and entertaining arrangement of Charles Owen’s classic theme-and-variations for xylophone soloist and concert band by Ralph Hicks. This version preserves the numerous musical styles presented in the original orchestration including the waltz, rhumba, tango, lento, allegro, gallop, and presto. This includes a couple musical quotations such as Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt. 

This would be a great option for many situations, especially one that is looking to feature a percussion soloist (whether that be a student or faculty member). The xylophone solo part is straight forward enough that a top-level high school percussionist could perform this, and it is interesting enough that a professional would have a lot of fun. There is even an option to play or omit the written cadenza. 

The concert band parts are easy enough for an intermediate-level band to play, but they leave room for a more experienced ensemble to achieve some depth. Overall, this is a great opportunity to showcase the talent of a percussion program. 

—Joe Millea
Percussive Notes
Vol. 57, No. 2, May 2019

Description

Ralph Hicks’ clever and entertaining arrangement of Charles Owen’s classic theme and variations is now available for a full concert band! This version preserves the myriad of musical styles presented in Owens' original, the waltz, rhumba, tango, lento, allegro, galop, and presto, while expanding the accompaniment to a full wind ensemble. Just like Ralph Hicks' percussion ensemble arrangement, the option to play or omit the written cadenza is still available to the soloist. This is a great opportunity to showcase the talent of a percussion program and makes for an interesting and entertaining concert program!

The concert band version of Chopsticks comes as a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing individual parts and an audio recording. 

Instrumentation

• Flute

• Oboe

• Bassoon

• Clarinet 1 in B-flat

• Clarinet 2-3 in B-flat

• Bass clarinet in B-flat

• Alto saxophone

• Tenor saxophone

• Baritone saxophone

• Trumpet 1 in B-flat

• Trumpet 2 in B-flat

• Horn in F

• Trombone

• Tuba

Percussion: (7 players + soloist)

• Solo xylophone

• Glockenspiel +marimba (shared)

• Snare drum and Bass drum (2 players) +hi-hat

• Crash cymbals +marimba (shared)

• Castanets + marimba (shared), woodblock (low), tam-tam

• Tambourine +woodblock, maracas, castanets (shared), triangle

• 4 Timpani

Reviews

Chopsticks is a clever and entertaining arrangement of Charles Owen’s classic theme-and-variations for xylophone soloist and concert band by Ralph Hicks. This version preserves the numerous musical styles presented in the original orchestration including the waltz, rhumba, tango, lento, allegro, gallop, and presto. This includes a couple musical quotations such as Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt. 

This would be a great option for many situations, especially one that is looking to feature a percussion soloist (whether that be a student or faculty member). The xylophone solo part is straight forward enough that a top-level high school percussionist could perform this, and it is interesting enough that a professional would have a lot of fun. There is even an option to play or omit the written cadenza. 

The concert band parts are easy enough for an intermediate-level band to play, but they leave room for a more experienced ensemble to achieve some depth. Overall, this is a great opportunity to showcase the talent of a percussion program. 

—Joe Millea
Percussive Notes
Vol. 57, No. 2, May 2019



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