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for three players on one marimba
Level: Easy
Duration: 2:05
Personnel: 3 players
State Lists: Texas | Wisconsin
Release Date: 2017
Product ID : TSPCE17-004DL
Price: $25.00
Item #: TSPCE17-004DL

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Description

This piece is written for a trio of beginning mallet players and is inspired by the rhythms and harmonies of Mexico. It has an overall light and fun character to it, making it enjoyable for audiences as well as the performers. In Brian Slawson’s own words, “What instrument can supply rhythmic “ticks” and “tocks” better than a marimba? Add some Mexican flavor to the harmonic recipe and enjoy Ticking Tacos!”

Instrumentation

  • 4.3-octave—low A*

*Shared by all three players

Reviews

Add this to your list of quality repertoire for beginning mallet players. Brian Slawson brings his signature playfulness to this 2-minute ensemble piece that will challenge beginning mallet players in the areas of ensemble awareness, rhythmic alignment, playing on both manuals of the instrument, and taking ownership of melodic material. While mallet players will not be intimidated by the slower tempo (quarter note = 110) and the requirement of playing with two mallets, they will still learn new performance practices by having three people share one instrument.

Harmonically, this piece primarily lives in the world of C major and A minor while still retaining a sense of musical maturity. Slawson does a great job of writing music that sounds more like traditional Mexican marimba music as opposed to cheap “Latino” caricature. Students will enjoy playing this, their parents will enjoy hearing it, and everyone will be grinning and tapping their toes during the performance of this charming piece for budding percussionists.

–Joshua D. Smith
Percussive Notes
Vol. 53, No. 1, March 2015

Description

This piece is written for a trio of beginning mallet players and is inspired by the rhythms and harmonies of Mexico. It has an overall light and fun character to it, making it enjoyable for audiences as well as the performers. In Brian Slawson’s own words, “What instrument can supply rhythmic “ticks” and “tocks” better than a marimba? Add some Mexican flavor to the harmonic recipe and enjoy Ticking Tacos!”

Instrumentation

  • 4.3-octave—low A*

*Shared by all three players

Reviews

Add this to your list of quality repertoire for beginning mallet players. Brian Slawson brings his signature playfulness to this 2-minute ensemble piece that will challenge beginning mallet players in the areas of ensemble awareness, rhythmic alignment, playing on both manuals of the instrument, and taking ownership of melodic material. While mallet players will not be intimidated by the slower tempo (quarter note = 110) and the requirement of playing with two mallets, they will still learn new performance practices by having three people share one instrument.

Harmonically, this piece primarily lives in the world of C major and A minor while still retaining a sense of musical maturity. Slawson does a great job of writing music that sounds more like traditional Mexican marimba music as opposed to cheap “Latino” caricature. Students will enjoy playing this, their parents will enjoy hearing it, and everyone will be grinning and tapping their toes during the performance of this charming piece for budding percussionists.

–Joshua D. Smith
Percussive Notes
Vol. 53, No. 1, March 2015


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