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Chopsticks (Owen)

Charles Owen's original re-orchestrated for xylophone soloist and percussion ensemble
Level: Medium
Duration: 4:00
Personnel: 2-9 players
State Lists: Florida | Texas
Release Date: 2013
Product ID : TSPCE-96
Price: $40.00
Item #: TSPCE-96

Formats Available:
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Description

This updated arrangement preserves Owen’s original, which masterfully weaves the timeless classic through a waltz, a rhumba, a tango, a lento, an allegro, a galop, and finally a presto, while adding performance flexibility. It may be accompanied by marimba band, full percussion ensemble, or piano only. Options are also given to take, or not, the written cadenza. As if that wasn't enough, Chopsticks is also available as a full concert band arrangement! Thank you Ralph Hicks, for giving this popular piece new—and flexible—life for another generation of percussionists to enjoy and share with their audiences!

Chopsticks comes as a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing individual parts for all three accompaniment options and a recording. 





Let Them Drum! A portion of the proceeds from this title will go to Let Them Drum!—a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation providing recreational drum therapy treatments and performance opportunities for the special needs and assisted living communitites in The Woodlands, TX and surrounding areas.

Instrumentation

  • Xylophone
  • 2 marimba—(1) low A*, (1) low F**
  • 4 timpani
  • Drums (snare drum, bass drum)
  • Cymbals (crash cymbals, hi-hat)
  • Accessories (tambourine, castanets, woodblock, triangle, maracas)



*Shared

**Shared (If a 4.5-octave instrument isn’t available, these parts may still be accommodated with provided substitutions.)

Shared Recordings

Reviews

This charming rendition of “Chopsticks” uses Charles Owen’s original 1941 arrangement re-orchestrated for xylophone soloist and percussion ensemble. The accompaniment can be a full percussion ensemble or just the marimba band. In addition, the publisher has included a piano score, giving you three performance options for the price of one. 

Beginning with the original “Chopsticks” melody, the piece takes this theme through various styles including a waltz, rhumba, tango, lento, allegro, gallop, and a presto ending. There is also an optional cadenza for the soloist between the lento and the allegro, which is a short 22-measure section of Franz Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.” 

The percussion ensemble accompaniment is easily accessible for high school, and even advanced middle school players. All of the mallet parts have optional notes marked in parentheses in case a 4.5-ocatve marimba is unavailable. The timpani part has some tuning changes. The xylophone part is a bit more challenging, and would probably require a performer at the high school level. 

Ralph Hicks has provided us with a delightful and highly entertaining arrangement of “Chopsticks” that will work in a number of situations. Add to this the familiarity of the source material, and you have a piece that is sure to be a hit with performers and audiences alike.

—Brian Nozny
Percussive Notes
Vol. 52, No. 2, March 2014

Description

This updated arrangement preserves Owen’s original, which masterfully weaves the timeless classic through a waltz, a rhumba, a tango, a lento, an allegro, a galop, and finally a presto, while adding performance flexibility. It may be accompanied by marimba band, full percussion ensemble, or piano only. Options are also given to take, or not, the written cadenza. As if that wasn't enough, Chopsticks is also available as a full concert band arrangement! Thank you Ralph Hicks, for giving this popular piece new—and flexible—life for another generation of percussionists to enjoy and share with their audiences!

Chopsticks comes as a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing individual parts for all three accompaniment options and a recording. 





Let Them Drum! A portion of the proceeds from this title will go to Let Them Drum!—a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation providing recreational drum therapy treatments and performance opportunities for the special needs and assisted living communitites in The Woodlands, TX and surrounding areas.

Instrumentation

  • Xylophone
  • 2 marimba—(1) low A*, (1) low F**
  • 4 timpani
  • Drums (snare drum, bass drum)
  • Cymbals (crash cymbals, hi-hat)
  • Accessories (tambourine, castanets, woodblock, triangle, maracas)



*Shared

**Shared (If a 4.5-octave instrument isn’t available, these parts may still be accommodated with provided substitutions.)

Shared Recordings

Reviews

This charming rendition of “Chopsticks” uses Charles Owen’s original 1941 arrangement re-orchestrated for xylophone soloist and percussion ensemble. The accompaniment can be a full percussion ensemble or just the marimba band. In addition, the publisher has included a piano score, giving you three performance options for the price of one. 

Beginning with the original “Chopsticks” melody, the piece takes this theme through various styles including a waltz, rhumba, tango, lento, allegro, gallop, and a presto ending. There is also an optional cadenza for the soloist between the lento and the allegro, which is a short 22-measure section of Franz Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.” 

The percussion ensemble accompaniment is easily accessible for high school, and even advanced middle school players. All of the mallet parts have optional notes marked in parentheses in case a 4.5-ocatve marimba is unavailable. The timpani part has some tuning changes. The xylophone part is a bit more challenging, and would probably require a performer at the high school level. 

Ralph Hicks has provided us with a delightful and highly entertaining arrangement of “Chopsticks” that will work in a number of situations. Add to this the familiarity of the source material, and you have a piece that is sure to be a hit with performers and audiences alike.

—Brian Nozny
Percussive Notes
Vol. 52, No. 2, March 2014



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