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for percussion ensemble and solo flute
Level: Med-Easy
Duration: 3:20
Personnel: 10 players
Release Date: 2013
Product ID : TSPCE-93DL
Price: $32.00
Item #: TSPCE-93DL

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Description

Written on Christmas night by Stuart P. O'Neil who was inspired by the sight of his young daughter dancing around their tree with her new doll, Sally, this dreamy, delicate waltz for percussion ensemble and solo flute perfectly captures that soft, glowing vision. The light, almost childlike quality of the piece is enhanced by the use of a toy piano, and the metals of the ensemble beautifully complement the flute timbre.

Instrumentation

  • Flute (soloist)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Toy piano
  • Marimba—low A*
  • 4 timpani
  • Bass drum
  • Suspended cymbal
  • Accessories (triangle, tambourine)


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Reviews

This waltz is childlike and sweet, innocent and playful. Inspired by the composer’s young daughter dancing with a new doll around the family Christmas tree, this 3½-minute work for flute and nine percussionists evokes emotions that are delicate, warm, and dreamy without sounding hokey and forced. While the composer intended to enhance the childlike-nature of the piece by including a toy piano, one could easily add variety of timbre by substituting a glockenspiel played with finger cymbals if no toy piano is available. 

Rhythmic difficulty ranges from easy to medium, all mallet parts require only two mallets, and the most difficult techniques are found in the solo flute line. To that end, the flutist needs a decent handle on intonation, breath support, as well as dotted eighths in 3/4 time— techniques grasped by most upper-level high school players. This is a simple, yet delicate piece.

—Joshua D. Smith
Percussive Notes
Vol. 52, No. 2, March 2014

Description

Written on Christmas night by Stuart P. O'Neil who was inspired by the sight of his young daughter dancing around their tree with her new doll, Sally, this dreamy, delicate waltz for percussion ensemble and solo flute perfectly captures that soft, glowing vision. The light, almost childlike quality of the piece is enhanced by the use of a toy piano, and the metals of the ensemble beautifully complement the flute timbre.

Instrumentation

  • Flute (soloist)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Toy piano
  • Marimba—low A*
  • 4 timpani
  • Bass drum
  • Suspended cymbal
  • Accessories (triangle, tambourine)


*Shared

Reviews

This waltz is childlike and sweet, innocent and playful. Inspired by the composer’s young daughter dancing with a new doll around the family Christmas tree, this 3½-minute work for flute and nine percussionists evokes emotions that are delicate, warm, and dreamy without sounding hokey and forced. While the composer intended to enhance the childlike-nature of the piece by including a toy piano, one could easily add variety of timbre by substituting a glockenspiel played with finger cymbals if no toy piano is available. 

Rhythmic difficulty ranges from easy to medium, all mallet parts require only two mallets, and the most difficult techniques are found in the solo flute line. To that end, the flutist needs a decent handle on intonation, breath support, as well as dotted eighths in 3/4 time— techniques grasped by most upper-level high school players. This is a simple, yet delicate piece.

—Joshua D. Smith
Percussive Notes
Vol. 52, No. 2, March 2014



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