Percussion Ensemble

A set of five, short, contemporary songs for two percussionists and mezzo-soprano that use stupid, and comical, quotes as their lyrics.
Duration: 7:20 | Level: Advanced
Arguably Mahler's most famous single piece of music. This piece would make for a satisfying addition to concert programs that wish to demonstrate the lyrical capabilities of percussion.
Duration: 10:30 | Level: Medium
A simple piece for a beginning percussion ensemble, this piece uses the aeolian mode in its main theme.
Duration: 4:00 | Level: Med-Easy
A large percussion ensemble work meant to represent the medium which permeates all of space.
Duration: 6:00 | Level: Medium
A classic introduction to Brazilian bossa nova for younger percussion ensembles.
Duration: 2:25 | Level: Med-Easy
Alarm! is intended for a middle school or high school batterie percussion ensemble. Extreme dynamics, rhythmic melodies, as well as an engaging visual element give the piece its unique flavor.
Duration: 2:35 | Level: Med-Easy
This arrangement of Ravel's masterpiece recreates the colorful and vibrant work for percussion ensemble. This piece will challenge performers and engage audiences with its accessible Spanish flair.
Duration: 4:00 | Level: Advanced
A meditative quintet in which the Aristotelian notion that “whole is greater than the sum of its parts” is a focal point.
Duration: 6:10 | Level: Medium
A medium percussion ensemble piece perfect for the holidays!
Duration: 4:30 | Level: Medium
A cute, medium-easy percussion quartet in which players are assigned specific animal names to help define musical character.
Duration: 5:00 | Level: Med-Easy
Composed by Grieg for pizz strings and triangle, this ensemble adaption is enhanced by nonpitched perc, arpeggios, and rapid scalar passages.
Duration: 3:15 | Level: Med-Advanced
Paul Halley’s exuberant and joyful work made famous by the Paul Winter Consort is sure to be a high point of any ensemble concert!
Duration: 5:00 | Level: Advanced
A catchy, uplifting percussion ensemble piece that can easily fit into any concert program for beginners.
Duration: 2:20 | Level: Easy
This piece uses three marimbas and a large collection of African instruments to suggest a dark and superstitious atmosphere.
Duration: 7:30 | Level: Advanced
Dribble, slap, juggle, toss, and of course...BOUNCE! Written for five players with a variety of balls bouncing on the floor, this creative piece is a surefire crowd-pleaser.
Duration: 3:00 | Level: Medium
An emotional work for a large percussion ensemble featuring high pitched, brilliant percussion instruments.
Duration: 5:30 | Level: Medium
An adaptation of Joachim Horsley’s arrangement for 3 pianos, Beethoven in Havana is proof that a great masterpiece can be enjoyed throughout the centuries!
Duration: 4:30 | Level: Advanced
Contrasting dark introspective material with light humor, this arrangement for mallet trio honors a quick-moving masterpiece.
Duration: 2:10 | Level: Medium
An exciting exploration of rhythm and melody for beginning percussion ensembles.
Duration: 2:10 | Level: Easy
A creative, practical, and fun collection of 10 beginning percussion ensembles with DVD of performances, techniques, audio, and more.
Duration: 1:30–2:40 each | Level: Easy to medium-easy
Inspired by an adventure in the Himalayas, this rich work for percussion orchestra by Jim Casella is a vibrant representation of the human spirit.
Duration: 7:00 | Level: Advanced
A catchy composition by the famous banjo picker and jazz musician Béla Fleck from "Left of Cool". Its simple melody, arranged wonderfully by Olin Johannessen, encapsulates the folksy sound of Americana.
Duration: 3:00 | Level: Med-Advanced
This is a well-crafted piece for intermediate percussion quartet where each player has a small multipercussion setup.
Duration: 3:25 | Level: Medium
A great way to introduce younger players to salsa music as well as Latin percussion instruments.
Duration: 2:10 | Level: Med-Easy