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Peril of the Bells

an inventive adaptation of "Carol of the Bells"
Level: Med-Advanced
Duration: 7:30
Personnel: 10 players
Release Date: 2014
Product ID : TSPCE-98
Price: $50.00
Item #: TSPCE-98



Description

This is Carol of the Bells as you’ve never experienced it. Rick Dior takes creative liberties with the renowned Christmas carol, giving it a completely different character that will spice up your holiday repertoire.

This percussion ensemble arrangement for 10 players contains aspects of African and Brazilian drumming along with some inventive odd-metered treatments to the mallet choir and even a crash cymbal quartet! With ample room for improvisation and crowd participation, Peril of the Bells is perfect for directors who want creativity with their Christmas.

Peril of the Bells comes as a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing individual parts and a recording.

Instrumentation

  • Crotales (higher octave)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Vibraphone
  • 2 marimbas—(1) 4-octave, (1) low C
  • 4 timpani
  • Drums (2 sets of bongos, congas, timbales*, small bass drum, surdo, large bass drum, djembe, field drum)
  • Cymbals & gongs (4 pairs of crash cymbals, ride cymbal with rivets, wind gong, suspended cymbal)
  • Accessories (claves, sleighbells, tambourine, agogo bells, pandeiro, talking drum**, berimbau, wind chimes, caxixi, bell tree, cuica, tambourim, temple blocks, 3 cowbells, samba whistle, triangle, 2 shakers)


*With 2 cowbells
**
Substitutions are okay

Reviews

After an extended, unaccompanied rhapsodic solo from a talking drum player, the remaining ensemble members enter performing the characteristic “Carol of the Bells” rhythm (with the marimba performing the e-minor motif). This introductory section then transitions with the entire ensemble articulating a 7/4 section, which features the 4-mallet vibraphonist and the 4-mallet, 5-octave marimbist. This material is followed by passages in 5/4 and 3/4, before ultimately ending with a cool, 7/4 jazz-samba section.

One of the more difficult performance parts (of the ten) is the 4-mallet, 5-octave marimba part, which provides the harmonic underpinning of this composition. The timpani part is the second most challenging, as it also provides the bass line during several of the variations. In a subsequent climactic variation on the familiar 3/4 motif, the four crash cymbal players are featured in a brief quartet. There is also a concluding samba variation on the “Carol of the Bells” rhythm—which is transformed into 7/4.

Overall, this creative, seven-minute compositional “spin” on the familiar “Carol of the Bells” motif is quite unique and will engage both the performers and the audience. This is not an easy percussion ensemble selection, but it is rewarding and somewhat whimsical in its diverse stylistic contrasts. This could be an effective closer to a percussion ensemble concert, either with a mature high school ensemble or the expert college/university percussion ensemble.

—Jim Lambert
Percussive Notes
Vol. 53, No. 1, March 2015

Description

This is Carol of the Bells as you’ve never experienced it. Rick Dior takes creative liberties with the renowned Christmas carol, giving it a completely different character that will spice up your holiday repertoire.

This percussion ensemble arrangement for 10 players contains aspects of African and Brazilian drumming along with some inventive odd-metered treatments to the mallet choir and even a crash cymbal quartet! With ample room for improvisation and crowd participation, Peril of the Bells is perfect for directors who want creativity with their Christmas.

Peril of the Bells comes as a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing individual parts and a recording.

Instrumentation

  • Crotales (higher octave)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Vibraphone
  • 2 marimbas—(1) 4-octave, (1) low C
  • 4 timpani
  • Drums (2 sets of bongos, congas, timbales*, small bass drum, surdo, large bass drum, djembe, field drum)
  • Cymbals & gongs (4 pairs of crash cymbals, ride cymbal with rivets, wind gong, suspended cymbal)
  • Accessories (claves, sleighbells, tambourine, agogo bells, pandeiro, talking drum**, berimbau, wind chimes, caxixi, bell tree, cuica, tambourim, temple blocks, 3 cowbells, samba whistle, triangle, 2 shakers)


*With 2 cowbells
**
Substitutions are okay

Reviews

After an extended, unaccompanied rhapsodic solo from a talking drum player, the remaining ensemble members enter performing the characteristic “Carol of the Bells” rhythm (with the marimba performing the e-minor motif). This introductory section then transitions with the entire ensemble articulating a 7/4 section, which features the 4-mallet vibraphonist and the 4-mallet, 5-octave marimbist. This material is followed by passages in 5/4 and 3/4, before ultimately ending with a cool, 7/4 jazz-samba section.

One of the more difficult performance parts (of the ten) is the 4-mallet, 5-octave marimba part, which provides the harmonic underpinning of this composition. The timpani part is the second most challenging, as it also provides the bass line during several of the variations. In a subsequent climactic variation on the familiar 3/4 motif, the four crash cymbal players are featured in a brief quartet. There is also a concluding samba variation on the “Carol of the Bells” rhythm—which is transformed into 7/4.

Overall, this creative, seven-minute compositional “spin” on the familiar “Carol of the Bells” motif is quite unique and will engage both the performers and the audience. This is not an easy percussion ensemble selection, but it is rewarding and somewhat whimsical in its diverse stylistic contrasts. This could be an effective closer to a percussion ensemble concert, either with a mature high school ensemble or the expert college/university percussion ensemble.

—Jim Lambert
Percussive Notes
Vol. 53, No. 1, March 2015



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