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Le Tombeau de Couperin: Prélude (Ravel) (Download)

for percussion ensemble
Level: Advanced
Duration: 3:30
Personnel: 8 players
State Lists: Missouri | Indiana | Florida | Texas
Release Date: 2010
Product ID : TSPCE-44DL
Price: $41.00
Item #: TSPCE-44DL

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All percussion sounds used in this recording were generated from Virtual Drumline software also by Tapspace.

 


Description

Originally conjured up for the 1989 Santa Clara Vanguard pit for their I&E performance that year by percussion legend Ralph Hardimon, this arrangement of the Prélude from Ravel’s famous suite for piano, Le Tombeau de Couperin, is finally available to the world writ large.

Adapted directly from the orchestrated masterpiece, Le Tombeau de Couperin: Prélude demands virtuosity from the mallet players. Very fast parts at soft dynamic levels and sensitivity to phrasing are part of handling Ravel's clever harmonic direction in this colorful arrangement by Hardimon. Elements weave together constantly, and lines are handed off right and left—all the while staying light and airy. 

While requiring a good deal of technical stamina, this arrangement sparkles in the way it showcases a percussion choir’s ability to adapt orchestral literature with original intent intact!

 

Instrumentation

  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone
  • 2 vibraphones
  • 3 marimbas—low A
  • 5 timpani
  • Triangle

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Description

Originally conjured up for the 1989 Santa Clara Vanguard pit for their I&E performance that year by percussion legend Ralph Hardimon, this arrangement of the Prélude from Ravel’s famous suite for piano, Le Tombeau de Couperin, is finally available to the world writ large.

Adapted directly from the orchestrated masterpiece, Le Tombeau de Couperin: Prélude demands virtuosity from the mallet players. Very fast parts at soft dynamic levels and sensitivity to phrasing are part of handling Ravel's clever harmonic direction in this colorful arrangement by Hardimon. Elements weave together constantly, and lines are handed off right and left—all the while staying light and airy. 

While requiring a good deal of technical stamina, this arrangement sparkles in the way it showcases a percussion choir’s ability to adapt orchestral literature with original intent intact!

 

Instrumentation

  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone
  • 2 vibraphones
  • 3 marimbas—low A
  • 5 timpani
  • Triangle

Shared Recordings



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