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Tale of the Dragon

for percussion ensemble
Level: Easy
Duration: 2:00
Personnel: 12 or more players
State Lists: Florida | Texas
Release Date: 2009
Product ID : TSPCE-29
Price: $30.00
Item #: TSPCE-29

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All sounds used in this recording were generated from Virtual Drumline software also by Tapspace.


Description

Tale of the Dragon was designed by Brian Slawson to address musical elements often overlooked in selections commonly performed by young musicians. Designed for large elementary ensembles with no member limits, it is an inclusive piece intended for many uses.

It calls for Orff-style pitched instruments, as well as unpitched instruments and employs elements that are bound to help students develop valuable skills. In this case the tempo is quite slow, which always provides unique challenges for young players in performance. Also, the element of dynamics and how they affect the music will play a major role in helping students identify with the story being told through performance.

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
  • 2 marimbas—(1) 4-octave, (1) low C
  • Bass drum
  • Gong
  • Accessories (triangle, Zil-bell, claves, maracas, vibraslap, temple blocks,
  • Drums (tom tom, bass drum)

Reviews

This ensemble for young percussionists includes both melodic and un-tuned percussion instrumentation. Keyboard instruments include bells, two xylophones, and five bass bars tuned to B, D, E, F, and G. The non-pitched colors include wood and metal colors. The only drums required are a tom-tom and bass drum. The composer presents two suggested instrument arrangements and recommends that additional pitched instruments be placed across the back of the setup.

The ensemble opens with a brief statement between the tom-tom and bass drum and quickly presents the main melodic figure on the xylophones. This statement is composed of double stops of open 4ths and is modal in sound. This opening statement is followed by a brief interlude on the non-pitched instruments, then returns to the same melodic tune, but this time adding the bells.

The piece lasts only two minutes, but the creative combination of having the melodic and thythmic textures will not only provide excellent training but will sound good to audiences. There are only single-note figures required for the drum sounds. The notation of double stops on the melodic instruments will provide excellent training for young students.

Tapspace includes a CD that enables one to download the parts and also contains a recording of the piece.

–George Frock
Percussive Notes 
Vol. 48, No. 4, July 2010

Description

Tale of the Dragon was designed by Brian Slawson to address musical elements often overlooked in selections commonly performed by young musicians. Designed for large elementary ensembles with no member limits, it is an inclusive piece intended for many uses.

It calls for Orff-style pitched instruments, as well as unpitched instruments and employs elements that are bound to help students develop valuable skills. In this case the tempo is quite slow, which always provides unique challenges for young players in performance. Also, the element of dynamics and how they affect the music will play a major role in helping students identify with the story being told through performance.

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
  • 2 marimbas—(1) 4-octave, (1) low C
  • Bass drum
  • Gong
  • Accessories (triangle, Zil-bell, claves, maracas, vibraslap, temple blocks,
  • Drums (tom tom, bass drum)

Reviews

This ensemble for young percussionists includes both melodic and un-tuned percussion instrumentation. Keyboard instruments include bells, two xylophones, and five bass bars tuned to B, D, E, F, and G. The non-pitched colors include wood and metal colors. The only drums required are a tom-tom and bass drum. The composer presents two suggested instrument arrangements and recommends that additional pitched instruments be placed across the back of the setup.

The ensemble opens with a brief statement between the tom-tom and bass drum and quickly presents the main melodic figure on the xylophones. This statement is composed of double stops of open 4ths and is modal in sound. This opening statement is followed by a brief interlude on the non-pitched instruments, then returns to the same melodic tune, but this time adding the bells.

The piece lasts only two minutes, but the creative combination of having the melodic and thythmic textures will not only provide excellent training but will sound good to audiences. There are only single-note figures required for the drum sounds. The notation of double stops on the melodic instruments will provide excellent training for young students.

Tapspace includes a CD that enables one to download the parts and also contains a recording of the piece.

–George Frock
Percussive Notes 
Vol. 48, No. 4, July 2010



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