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Let It Snow! (Styne)

arranged for vibraphone and marimba duo
Level: Med-Advanced
Duration: 4:00
Personnel: 2 players
Release Date: 2014
Delivery Method: Physical
Product ID : TSPCD-22
Price: $24.00
Item #: TSPCD-22

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Purchase Brian Blume’s holiday album, Let It Snow for a recording of this arrangement, performed by Blume.


Description

One of the best-selling songs of all time, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! was written in 1945 in Hollywood, California during one of the hottest days on record. Thanks to its seasonal lyrics and cheery, holiday feel, it’s commonly regarded as a Christmas song, but really, it’s a love song that never mentions Christmas.

 

Brian Blume's arrangement for marimba and vibraphone uses unique random dead strokes to conjure the sounds and atmosphere of snow falling, from which the melody emerges. This is a truly unique spin on a seasonal classic.

 

Let It Snow! is provided as a professionally bound folio with individual parts contained on the included CD-ROM.

 

Purchase Brian Blume’s holiday album, Let It Snow for a recording of this arrangement, performed by Blume.

 

For more holiday mallet percussion arrangements, see the compilations Winterludes (for solo marimba) and Winterludes for Two (for vibraphone and marimba duet).

Instrumentation

  • Vibraphone
  • Marimba—low C

Shared Recordings

Reviews

When audiences attend a percussion recital or ensemble program, they naturally anticipate hearing selections of music by contemporary composers. With a steady diet of new music styles, this publication can be a nice contrast, featuring a German art song written in 1814. The vibraphone part can be performed on a standard low-F instrument, but also includes optional low E-naturals for those who have a four-octave instrument. The scoring is excellent, and the arrangement closely preserves Schubert’s original composition.

Written in D minor and 6/8, the two players have contrasting roles. The marimba provides the harmonic base and consists of repeated sixteenth-note patterns, which the composer intends as the rotating movement of the spinning wheel. The vibraphone presents the melodic material predominately through long lyrical lines. There are no dampening notations for the vibraphone, so the clarity of performance is left to the artistic experience of the player.

The publication includes a score and CD, which has an excellent recording of the work for reference, and also provides the ability to print the parts.

—George Frock
Percussive Notes
Vol. 53, No. 1, March 2015

Description

One of the best-selling songs of all time, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! was written in 1945 in Hollywood, California during one of the hottest days on record. Thanks to its seasonal lyrics and cheery, holiday feel, it’s commonly regarded as a Christmas song, but really, it’s a love song that never mentions Christmas.

 

Brian Blume's arrangement for marimba and vibraphone uses unique random dead strokes to conjure the sounds and atmosphere of snow falling, from which the melody emerges. This is a truly unique spin on a seasonal classic.

 

Let It Snow! is provided as a professionally bound folio with individual parts contained on the included CD-ROM.

 

Purchase Brian Blume’s holiday album, Let It Snow for a recording of this arrangement, performed by Blume.

 

For more holiday mallet percussion arrangements, see the compilations Winterludes (for solo marimba) and Winterludes for Two (for vibraphone and marimba duet).

Instrumentation

  • Vibraphone
  • Marimba—low C

Shared Recordings

Reviews

When audiences attend a percussion recital or ensemble program, they naturally anticipate hearing selections of music by contemporary composers. With a steady diet of new music styles, this publication can be a nice contrast, featuring a German art song written in 1814. The vibraphone part can be performed on a standard low-F instrument, but also includes optional low E-naturals for those who have a four-octave instrument. The scoring is excellent, and the arrangement closely preserves Schubert’s original composition.

Written in D minor and 6/8, the two players have contrasting roles. The marimba provides the harmonic base and consists of repeated sixteenth-note patterns, which the composer intends as the rotating movement of the spinning wheel. The vibraphone presents the melodic material predominately through long lyrical lines. There are no dampening notations for the vibraphone, so the clarity of performance is left to the artistic experience of the player.

The publication includes a score and CD, which has an excellent recording of the work for reference, and also provides the ability to print the parts.

—George Frock
Percussive Notes
Vol. 53, No. 1, March 2015



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