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Sofapilla

for percussion ensemble
Level: Medium
Duration: 3:20
Personnel: 10-14 players
Release Date: 2018
Product ID : TSPCE18-007
Price: $40.00
Item #: TSPCE18-007

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Description

Sofapilla by Chuck Ricotta is a large percussion ensemble piece that requires a strong sense of groove. Because of the rhythmic variety within individual parts, players must be aware of how their rhythms fit into their fellow performer’s rhythms so that the overall groove is solid. Chuck has also done a fantastic job of making the piece accessible to many different ensembles by making certain parts optional or providing cues within other parts. This piece can easily compliment any band/orchestra concert program or make for a fantastic finale to a percussion ensemble recital!

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

Xylophone

Chimes

Vibraphones

2 marimbas—(1) 4-octave, (1) low A w/optional low C indications

4 timpani

Drums (4 concert toms, snare drum, concert bass drum, bongos, congas (2), timbales,  mounted kick drum)

Cymbals & gongs (splash cymbal, hi-hat, medium suspended & large suspended cymbal, crash cymbals (pair), china cymbal)

Accessories (vibraslap, brake drum, cowbell, ocean drum, maracas, triangle, ribbon crasher, shaker, guiro)

Reviews

“Sofapilla” is a “Latin-inspired, groove-oriented” composition for 10 to 14 performers. There are essentially two percussion subgroups: one comprised of keyboard percussion instruments and the second being non-keyboard instruments. Opening with so dynamics at a brisk tempo of quarter note equals 184, the first 24 measures provide the background rhythmic groove. e next 55 measures are essentially the Latin tune. At that point, the entire ensemble is featured with cameo solos that last 11 measures before returning to the softer introductory dynamics, which build to a “shout” united rhythmic section that transitions to a 24-measure coda with the keyboard percussion bringing the piece to an end. 

There are few technical demands. All keyboard percussion parts use two mallets. The timpani part has a few rhythms that are slightly diffcult. However, the overall challenge is to let this piece groove from start to finish. A CD-ROM contains pdf printable parts and an mp3 performance recording. This composition would be a great opener or concluding piece for a high school percussion ensemble. 

—Jim Lambert
Percussive Notes
Vol. 57, No. 1, March 2019

Description

Sofapilla by Chuck Ricotta is a large percussion ensemble piece that requires a strong sense of groove. Because of the rhythmic variety within individual parts, players must be aware of how their rhythms fit into their fellow performer’s rhythms so that the overall groove is solid. Chuck has also done a fantastic job of making the piece accessible to many different ensembles by making certain parts optional or providing cues within other parts. This piece can easily compliment any band/orchestra concert program or make for a fantastic finale to a percussion ensemble recital!

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

Xylophone

Chimes

Vibraphones

2 marimbas—(1) 4-octave, (1) low A w/optional low C indications

4 timpani

Drums (4 concert toms, snare drum, concert bass drum, bongos, congas (2), timbales,  mounted kick drum)

Cymbals & gongs (splash cymbal, hi-hat, medium suspended & large suspended cymbal, crash cymbals (pair), china cymbal)

Accessories (vibraslap, brake drum, cowbell, ocean drum, maracas, triangle, ribbon crasher, shaker, guiro)

Reviews

“Sofapilla” is a “Latin-inspired, groove-oriented” composition for 10 to 14 performers. There are essentially two percussion subgroups: one comprised of keyboard percussion instruments and the second being non-keyboard instruments. Opening with so dynamics at a brisk tempo of quarter note equals 184, the first 24 measures provide the background rhythmic groove. e next 55 measures are essentially the Latin tune. At that point, the entire ensemble is featured with cameo solos that last 11 measures before returning to the softer introductory dynamics, which build to a “shout” united rhythmic section that transitions to a 24-measure coda with the keyboard percussion bringing the piece to an end. 

There are few technical demands. All keyboard percussion parts use two mallets. The timpani part has a few rhythms that are slightly diffcult. However, the overall challenge is to let this piece groove from start to finish. A CD-ROM contains pdf printable parts and an mp3 performance recording. This composition would be a great opener or concluding piece for a high school percussion ensemble. 

—Jim Lambert
Percussive Notes
Vol. 57, No. 1, March 2019



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