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Suite No. 1 (Download)

for percussion ensemble
Level: Medium
Duration: 4:30
Personnel: 5 players
State Lists: Missouri | Ohio | Florida | Texas
Release Date: 2011
Product ID : TSPCE-55DL
Price: $34.00
Item #: TSPCE-55DL

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


Description

Suite No. 1 by Fred Emory Smith for percussion ensemble will push intermediate players while keeping more advanced players on their toes as well. Shifting time signatures and some well-placed but tricky rest figures will ensure the entire ensemble is counting like crazy ... and listening!

The piece makes use of a rhythmic motif in 4/4 time that is later explored in 7/8 time. Although not bombastic in nature, the work is certainly high in energy. A middle section turns lyrical and smooth until the drums take over once again. Conversational elements are present throughout, and the timpani part in particular will require a player who is comfortable carrying some small solo responsibilities. Occasional multitasking is also required.

Suite No. 1 could easily fit anywhere in your concert program where a slightly elevated heart rate is required!

Instrumentation

  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone
  • Chimes
  • Marimba—low A
  • 4 timpani
  • Drums (snare drum, 4 concert toms, concert bass drum)
  • Cymbals (ride cymbal, suspended cymbal, crash cymbals)
  • Accessories (tambourine, temple blocks, triangle, claves, shaker)
  • Tam tam

Reviews

Here is a very playable percussion ensemble piece that strikes a good balance between the use of pitched and non-pitched instruments.  The work is in one movement but changes character several times, finally returning to the original material.  Thematically, it is very tightly constructed with a simple four eighth-note motive, with an accent on the first and last notes serving as the unifying element throughout.   

It begins with the motive played on non-pitched instruments and timpani.  The theme is then developed in various ways, involving ostinatos, hemiolas, embellishments, and a 7/8 time signature.  After a brief return to the original thematic statement, the piece concludes with a short coda.

Players one, two, and four play both pitched and non-pitched instruments.  The fourth part involves a multiple setup and part five is for timpani.  The keyboard parts are repetitive, making them accessible for those who are learning two-mallet technique.  The piece comes with a score and a disc containing a recording and pdf downloads for the parts.  This is a well-conceived piece that would be excellent for players with good technique and at least intermediate keyboard skills.

–Tom Morgan
Percussive Notes 
Vol. 50, No. 4, July 2012

Description

Suite No. 1 by Fred Emory Smith for percussion ensemble will push intermediate players while keeping more advanced players on their toes as well. Shifting time signatures and some well-placed but tricky rest figures will ensure the entire ensemble is counting like crazy ... and listening!

The piece makes use of a rhythmic motif in 4/4 time that is later explored in 7/8 time. Although not bombastic in nature, the work is certainly high in energy. A middle section turns lyrical and smooth until the drums take over once again. Conversational elements are present throughout, and the timpani part in particular will require a player who is comfortable carrying some small solo responsibilities. Occasional multitasking is also required.

Suite No. 1 could easily fit anywhere in your concert program where a slightly elevated heart rate is required!

Instrumentation

  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone
  • Chimes
  • Marimba—low A
  • 4 timpani
  • Drums (snare drum, 4 concert toms, concert bass drum)
  • Cymbals (ride cymbal, suspended cymbal, crash cymbals)
  • Accessories (tambourine, temple blocks, triangle, claves, shaker)
  • Tam tam

Reviews

Here is a very playable percussion ensemble piece that strikes a good balance between the use of pitched and non-pitched instruments.  The work is in one movement but changes character several times, finally returning to the original material.  Thematically, it is very tightly constructed with a simple four eighth-note motive, with an accent on the first and last notes serving as the unifying element throughout.   

It begins with the motive played on non-pitched instruments and timpani.  The theme is then developed in various ways, involving ostinatos, hemiolas, embellishments, and a 7/8 time signature.  After a brief return to the original thematic statement, the piece concludes with a short coda.

Players one, two, and four play both pitched and non-pitched instruments.  The fourth part involves a multiple setup and part five is for timpani.  The keyboard parts are repetitive, making them accessible for those who are learning two-mallet technique.  The piece comes with a score and a disc containing a recording and pdf downloads for the parts.  This is a well-conceived piece that would be excellent for players with good technique and at least intermediate keyboard skills.

–Tom Morgan
Percussive Notes 
Vol. 50, No. 4, July 2012


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