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Symphony No. 5: Scherzo (Prokofiev)

arranged for percussion ensemble
Level: Advanced
Duration: 6:50
Personnel: 12
State Lists: Texas
Release Date: 2014
Product ID : TSPCE14-012
Price: $48.00
Item #: TSPCE14-012



Description

Matt Moore's arrangement of the Scherzo from Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 is as bold as the original music. Plain and simple, this keyboard-heavy ensemble for 12 percussionists will take experienced players to task with twists and turns around every corner—constantly shifting tonal centers and tempi, changing moods, and last, but not least…licks galore! Moore orchestrates Prokofiev's adventurous themes in a way that almost makes us believe they were originally intended for keyboard percussion.

Using only two mallets for all keyboard parts, the players can focus solely on matching dynamic and rhythmic interpretation. All performers will need to be experienced listeners and possess a great deal of sensitivity in their respective roles. The pay-off is an impressive work that clocks in at nearly seven minutes and will transport the listener to World War II-era Russia and beyond.

This piece comes with a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing an audio recording and all individual parts for printing.

Instrumentation

  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone
  • 2 vibraphone
  • Chimes
  • 4 marimbas—(2) 4-octave, (1) low A, (1) low C
  • 4 timpani
  • Suspended cymbal
  • Drums (snare drum, bass drum)
  • Accessories (tambourine, triangle)

Reviews

Due to the percussive nature of the original orchestral work, Prokofiev’s “Scherzo” from “Symphony No. 5” works well for a 12-member percussion ensemble. Matt Moore has wisely chosen to leave out a significant portion of the middle of the work, which is not as idiomatic for percussion.

As for playability, this piece will be accessible for most college players. There are significant sections that contain repetitive material in the keyboard parts, which will make the difficult sections easier to handle. The non-pitched percussion parts are essentially like the original orchestral parts and are quite easy.

The arrangement comes with a disc that includes the printable parts and a recording of the piece. This transcription is effective and will be challenging and rewarding for most college or advanced high school percussion ensembles to learn and perform. It’s a shame that Prokofiev didn’t live long enough to write for the modern percussion orchestra, as he would have surely turned out some real masterworks.

—Tom Morgan
Percussive Notes
Vol. 53, No. 2, May 2015

Description

Matt Moore's arrangement of the Scherzo from Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 is as bold as the original music. Plain and simple, this keyboard-heavy ensemble for 12 percussionists will take experienced players to task with twists and turns around every corner—constantly shifting tonal centers and tempi, changing moods, and last, but not least…licks galore! Moore orchestrates Prokofiev's adventurous themes in a way that almost makes us believe they were originally intended for keyboard percussion.

Using only two mallets for all keyboard parts, the players can focus solely on matching dynamic and rhythmic interpretation. All performers will need to be experienced listeners and possess a great deal of sensitivity in their respective roles. The pay-off is an impressive work that clocks in at nearly seven minutes and will transport the listener to World War II-era Russia and beyond.

This piece comes with a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing an audio recording and all individual parts for printing.

Instrumentation

  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone
  • 2 vibraphone
  • Chimes
  • 4 marimbas—(2) 4-octave, (1) low A, (1) low C
  • 4 timpani
  • Suspended cymbal
  • Drums (snare drum, bass drum)
  • Accessories (tambourine, triangle)

Reviews

Due to the percussive nature of the original orchestral work, Prokofiev’s “Scherzo” from “Symphony No. 5” works well for a 12-member percussion ensemble. Matt Moore has wisely chosen to leave out a significant portion of the middle of the work, which is not as idiomatic for percussion.

As for playability, this piece will be accessible for most college players. There are significant sections that contain repetitive material in the keyboard parts, which will make the difficult sections easier to handle. The non-pitched percussion parts are essentially like the original orchestral parts and are quite easy.

The arrangement comes with a disc that includes the printable parts and a recording of the piece. This transcription is effective and will be challenging and rewarding for most college or advanced high school percussion ensembles to learn and perform. It’s a shame that Prokofiev didn’t live long enough to write for the modern percussion orchestra, as he would have surely turned out some real masterworks.

—Tom Morgan
Percussive Notes
Vol. 53, No. 2, May 2015



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