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HeliX

for percussion ensemble
Level: Medium
Duration: 5:30
Personnel: 8-9 players
State Lists: Texas
Release Date: 2020
Product ID : TSPCE20-011
Price: $40.00
Item #: TSPCE20-011

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Description

Eric Rath’s HeliX was commissioned by a consortium of educators lead by Indiana percussion educator, Kyle Lutes. The purpose of the commission was to add serious, quality literature to the percussion ensemble repertoire that would focus on the first few techniques learned as percussionists begin four-mallet keyboard playing.

To that end, a fair amount of four-mallet playing occurs throughout the piece, but always in service to the music rather than sounding like a glorified etude. This exciting and groove-oriented piece is geared toward intermediate high school or advanced middle school ensembles, and will be a satisfying feature to any concert program.


This piece comes as a professionally printed and bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or for tablet viewing.

Instrumentation

Glockenspiel

Chimes

Vibraphone

1-2 marimbas—4-octave (or share w/ M2), low A (optional low F)

4 timpani

Drums (bongos, 2 concert toms, concert bass drum)

Cymbals & gongs (tam-tam, splash cymbal, suspended cymbal, stacked China cymbal, hi-hat cymbal, finger cymbals, sizzle cymbal)

Accessories (ribbon crasher, sleigh bells, temple blocks, triangle, brake drum)

Reviews

This work for concert percussion ensemble was the product of a consortium of 15 music educators (led by Indiana percussion educator Kyle Lutes) with a focused purpose of providing opportunities for beginning four-mallet technique. Although the marimba is utilized throughout this 5 minute, 30-second work, the remaining parts are also challenging—particularly the glockenspiel, vibraphone, and bongo/tom/bass drum part. There are significant rewarding challenges in the groove-style metric content with changing meters and shifting repetitive rhythmic motives in those meters (3/4, 4/4, 2/2). 

A great recording and downloadable parts make this work an excellent selection. This ensemble would be appropriate for the younger percussion ensemble (probably advanced middle school or younger high school level). 

—Jim Lambert
Percussive Notes
Vol. 58, No. 6, December 2020

Description

Eric Rath’s HeliX was commissioned by a consortium of educators lead by Indiana percussion educator, Kyle Lutes. The purpose of the commission was to add serious, quality literature to the percussion ensemble repertoire that would focus on the first few techniques learned as percussionists begin four-mallet keyboard playing.

To that end, a fair amount of four-mallet playing occurs throughout the piece, but always in service to the music rather than sounding like a glorified etude. This exciting and groove-oriented piece is geared toward intermediate high school or advanced middle school ensembles, and will be a satisfying feature to any concert program.


This piece comes as a professionally printed and bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or for tablet viewing.

Instrumentation

Glockenspiel

Chimes

Vibraphone

1-2 marimbas—4-octave (or share w/ M2), low A (optional low F)

4 timpani

Drums (bongos, 2 concert toms, concert bass drum)

Cymbals & gongs (tam-tam, splash cymbal, suspended cymbal, stacked China cymbal, hi-hat cymbal, finger cymbals, sizzle cymbal)

Accessories (ribbon crasher, sleigh bells, temple blocks, triangle, brake drum)

Reviews

This work for concert percussion ensemble was the product of a consortium of 15 music educators (led by Indiana percussion educator Kyle Lutes) with a focused purpose of providing opportunities for beginning four-mallet technique. Although the marimba is utilized throughout this 5 minute, 30-second work, the remaining parts are also challenging—particularly the glockenspiel, vibraphone, and bongo/tom/bass drum part. There are significant rewarding challenges in the groove-style metric content with changing meters and shifting repetitive rhythmic motives in those meters (3/4, 4/4, 2/2). 

A great recording and downloadable parts make this work an excellent selection. This ensemble would be appropriate for the younger percussion ensemble (probably advanced middle school or younger high school level). 

—Jim Lambert
Percussive Notes
Vol. 58, No. 6, December 2020



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