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Great and Small

for solo keyboard percussion with optional audio accompaniment
Level: Med-Easy
Duration: 4:45
Release Date: 2018
Delivery Method: Physical
Product ID : TSPCS18-009
Price: $14.00
Item #: TSPCS18-009

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Description

Inspired by two mythic creatures of gigantic proportions, Leviathan and Behemoth, John Herndon’s Great and Small is a whimsical solo for keyboard percussion that proves size isn’t everything. This piece consists of two separate movements and comes with an optional audio accompaniment, which greatly enhances the overall effect of the piece and provides an engaging sonic backdrop for young mallet percussionists to showcase their talents!

Great and Small ships as a printed, professionally bound folio with a full-color cover and includes a CD-ROM with the optional audio accompaniment.

Instrumentation

Any 2.5-octave keyboard percussion instrument

Audio playback system (optional)

Reviews

Great and Small is a programmatic work comprised of two delightful movements for solo keyboard percussion with optional audio accompaniment. These vignettes depict the powerful beasts Leviathan and Behemoth when they were still young, whimsical, and childlike. Deemed ‘’medium-easy” by the publisher, it is appropriate for older middle school or younger high school students and works well as their first solo piece.

As an educator, I found several benefits to studying this work with students. The length is ideal for younger percussionists, as each movement in the set is approximately two minutes. Neither movement requires four-mallet technique or similar advanced concepts, and the programmatic nature encourages conversation about character interpretation and expression. The entire piece is written using sixteenth notes as the smallest subdivision, exploring syncopated rhythms and interplay between the hands. This is especially noticeable in the second movement, “Budding Behemoth,” with many of these figures beginning on the left hand with a large leap. The first movement, “Little Leviathan,” includes phrase markings in the right hand to highlight the melody, something difficult to find in compositions for this ability level. Perhaps my favorite musical concept is the detailed use of dynamic contrast. Developing this at a young age is vital, and I am pleased to see an appropriate amount throughout both movements.


From a logistical point of view, the flexibility of Great and Small is wonderful for many public school situations. Herndon has composed the work so that any movement can be performed on a vibraphone, xylophone, or 4-octave marimba. While he recommends vibraphone for the first movement and marimba for the second movement, the option encourages students to take their own liberties bands on the equipment they have available. Furthermore, even through the audio accompaniment greatly enhances the piece, it is not necessary for performance. This allows for students to still gain from the work even if they are unable to meet the technological requirements, Very well priced, this composition is worth adding to your repertoire for younger students.  

–Danielle Moreau
Percussive Notes
Vol. 57, No. 2, May 2019

Description

Inspired by two mythic creatures of gigantic proportions, Leviathan and Behemoth, John Herndon’s Great and Small is a whimsical solo for keyboard percussion that proves size isn’t everything. This piece consists of two separate movements and comes with an optional audio accompaniment, which greatly enhances the overall effect of the piece and provides an engaging sonic backdrop for young mallet percussionists to showcase their talents!

Great and Small ships as a printed, professionally bound folio with a full-color cover and includes a CD-ROM with the optional audio accompaniment.

Instrumentation

Any 2.5-octave keyboard percussion instrument

Audio playback system (optional)

Reviews

Great and Small is a programmatic work comprised of two delightful movements for solo keyboard percussion with optional audio accompaniment. These vignettes depict the powerful beasts Leviathan and Behemoth when they were still young, whimsical, and childlike. Deemed ‘’medium-easy” by the publisher, it is appropriate for older middle school or younger high school students and works well as their first solo piece.

As an educator, I found several benefits to studying this work with students. The length is ideal for younger percussionists, as each movement in the set is approximately two minutes. Neither movement requires four-mallet technique or similar advanced concepts, and the programmatic nature encourages conversation about character interpretation and expression. The entire piece is written using sixteenth notes as the smallest subdivision, exploring syncopated rhythms and interplay between the hands. This is especially noticeable in the second movement, “Budding Behemoth,” with many of these figures beginning on the left hand with a large leap. The first movement, “Little Leviathan,” includes phrase markings in the right hand to highlight the melody, something difficult to find in compositions for this ability level. Perhaps my favorite musical concept is the detailed use of dynamic contrast. Developing this at a young age is vital, and I am pleased to see an appropriate amount throughout both movements.


From a logistical point of view, the flexibility of Great and Small is wonderful for many public school situations. Herndon has composed the work so that any movement can be performed on a vibraphone, xylophone, or 4-octave marimba. While he recommends vibraphone for the first movement and marimba for the second movement, the option encourages students to take their own liberties bands on the equipment they have available. Furthermore, even through the audio accompaniment greatly enhances the piece, it is not necessary for performance. This allows for students to still gain from the work even if they are unable to meet the technological requirements, Very well priced, this composition is worth adding to your repertoire for younger students.  

–Danielle Moreau
Percussive Notes
Vol. 57, No. 2, May 2019



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