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Sic Semper Draconis (Download)

for percussion ensemble
Level: Easy
Duration: 2:40
Personnel: 12 players
Release Date: 2019
Product ID : TSPCE19-024DL
Price: $31.00
Item #: TSPCE19-024DL

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Description

John Herndon was inspired by fairy tales and fantasy novels to compose Sic Semper Draconis, which in Latin means “thus always to dragons.’’ In it, Herndon moves through many different moods and textures to depict an epic tale of dragon slaying. Though the piece features a large instrumentation, most instruments can be found in any band room and will be already familiar to most young percussionists. Sic Semper Draconis can compliment almost any concert program and will certainly entertain audiences and excite young performers!

Instrumentation

Glockenspiel

Chimes

Xylophone

Vibraphone

1 marimba–low A (shared)

4 timpani

Drums (snare drum, 4 tom-toms, bass drum

Cymbals (China cymbal, suspended cymbal, hi-hat)

Accessories (finger cymbals, brake drum, triangle, mark tree, temple blocks)

Reviews

This accessible percussion ensemble is scored for 12 performers who are divided into keyboard (six performers) and non-keyboard percussion. Composed in 4/4 throughout its 2 minute, 40-second length, Herndon’s placement of effectual dynamics, easy rhythmic patterns (which border on being repetitive), and the delightful G-minor tonality provide just enough sophistication for this composition to appeal to the junior high or second-year percussion ensemble. This composition could showcase their abilities either as a festival selection or as repertoire for the end-of-term showcase concert. Only two-mallet technique is required of the keyboard players.

—Jim Lambert
Percussive Notes
Vol. 58, No. 1, February 2020

Description

John Herndon was inspired by fairy tales and fantasy novels to compose Sic Semper Draconis, which in Latin means “thus always to dragons.’’ In it, Herndon moves through many different moods and textures to depict an epic tale of dragon slaying. Though the piece features a large instrumentation, most instruments can be found in any band room and will be already familiar to most young percussionists. Sic Semper Draconis can compliment almost any concert program and will certainly entertain audiences and excite young performers!

Instrumentation

Glockenspiel

Chimes

Xylophone

Vibraphone

1 marimba–low A (shared)

4 timpani

Drums (snare drum, 4 tom-toms, bass drum

Cymbals (China cymbal, suspended cymbal, hi-hat)

Accessories (finger cymbals, brake drum, triangle, mark tree, temple blocks)

Reviews

This accessible percussion ensemble is scored for 12 performers who are divided into keyboard (six performers) and non-keyboard percussion. Composed in 4/4 throughout its 2 minute, 40-second length, Herndon’s placement of effectual dynamics, easy rhythmic patterns (which border on being repetitive), and the delightful G-minor tonality provide just enough sophistication for this composition to appeal to the junior high or second-year percussion ensemble. This composition could showcase their abilities either as a festival selection or as repertoire for the end-of-term showcase concert. Only two-mallet technique is required of the keyboard players.

—Jim Lambert
Percussive Notes
Vol. 58, No. 1, February 2020


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