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La Vida de la Noche

for mallet sextet, expandable to large percussion ensemble
Level: Medium
Duration: 4:30
Personnel: 6-15 players
State Lists: Florida
Release Date: 2023
Product ID : TSPCE23-039
Price: $42.00
Item #: TSPCE23-039

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Description

Ready for a night on the town? Transport your audience to the dance club with La Vida de la Noche (Nightlife) by Brian Slawson. This spirited, soca-style work for mallet sextet, is also expandable to fifteen players for a full percussion ensemble sound and groove.

With a single quarter note pickup in the mallets, the piece wastes no time launching into the catchy melody. The main melody is a study in sixteenth + dotted eighth rhythms (as well as the reverse), while a secondary melody switches almost entirely to triplet-based rhythms.  Interlocking parts throughout the rest of the ensemble keep the more challenging rhythms achievable.

Ensemble flexibility is baked in, as up to six percussion parts can be added to bring the soca groove to life. Crotales, chimes, and/or timpani can be added as well for extra sparkle and low end. Slawson has brilliantly scored the work in such a way as to convey the underlying groove with or without the optional percussion parts.

For both setup convenience and some extra visual effect, the two lead marimba players can share a single 4.3-octave (low A) instrument. No four-mallet technique is required.

The piece ships as a fully bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for either printing or tablet viewing.

Instrumentation

*Crotales (low octave)

Glockenspiel

*Chimes

Xylophone

Vibraphone

2 Marimbas — (1) 4-octave, (1) low A

*3 Timpani

*Drums — bongos, drumset, 

*Cymbals and gongs — crash cymbals (pair), suspended cymbal, tam-tam,

*Accessories — bell tree, tambourine, temple blocks, triangle, vibraslap

*optional

Description

Ready for a night on the town? Transport your audience to the dance club with La Vida de la Noche (Nightlife) by Brian Slawson. This spirited, soca-style work for mallet sextet, is also expandable to fifteen players for a full percussion ensemble sound and groove.

With a single quarter note pickup in the mallets, the piece wastes no time launching into the catchy melody. The main melody is a study in sixteenth + dotted eighth rhythms (as well as the reverse), while a secondary melody switches almost entirely to triplet-based rhythms.  Interlocking parts throughout the rest of the ensemble keep the more challenging rhythms achievable.

Ensemble flexibility is baked in, as up to six percussion parts can be added to bring the soca groove to life. Crotales, chimes, and/or timpani can be added as well for extra sparkle and low end. Slawson has brilliantly scored the work in such a way as to convey the underlying groove with or without the optional percussion parts.

For both setup convenience and some extra visual effect, the two lead marimba players can share a single 4.3-octave (low A) instrument. No four-mallet technique is required.

The piece ships as a fully bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for either printing or tablet viewing.

Instrumentation

*Crotales (low octave)

Glockenspiel

*Chimes

Xylophone

Vibraphone

2 Marimbas — (1) 4-octave, (1) low A

*3 Timpani

*Drums — bongos, drumset, 

*Cymbals and gongs — crash cymbals (pair), suspended cymbal, tam-tam,

*Accessories — bell tree, tambourine, temple blocks, triangle, vibraslap

*optional



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