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Trinidad Tidings

a holiday celebration for percussion ensemble
Level: Med-Easy
Duration: 2:10
Personnel: 7-9+
Release Date: 2017
Delivery Method: Physical
Product ID : TSPCE17-023
Price: $32.00
Item #: TSPCE17-023

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Description

In Trinidad Tidings, John Willmarth has mashed up some of our favorite holiday tunes for a standard percussion ensemble. Joy the the World, Deck the Halls, Ode to Joy, and The Hallelujah Chorus, are all present throughout the work. As if this weren’t enough, Willmarth has gone a step further and underpinned the entire piece with a Carribean feel, using a Soca pattern in the drumset. The result is a refreshingly new take on old standards, guaranteed to keep your holiday spirits bright!

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

Instrumentation

Chimes

Glockenspiel

Xylophone

Vibraphone

Marimba—low A

3 timpani

Drumset

Accessories* (bongos, cowbell, sleigh bells, mark tree, resonant piece of metal)



*Optional

Reviews

“Trinidad Tidings” is a charming and versatile holiday percussion ensemble piece that mixes “Joy to the World,” “Deck the Halls,” “Ode to Joy,” and “Hallelujah” in soca and calypso styles. For a school without a steel band, this piece would be a fun and simple way to introduce students to playing in soca and calypso. The parts are written in such a way, however, that if a steel band director wanted to include this cheerful 2-minute number on a concert, the piece could easily be adapted to be played by a small steel band. 

The individual parts are not virtuosic, but they do require some facility on the instruments and contain syncopation, accents, changing meters, and a quick tempo. The drumset part requires a proficient player as it calls for a firm grasp of the soca and calypso rhythms. In the notes on the piece, John Willmarth suggests that the drumset player could be used “as an anchor” in lieu of a conductor. The auxiliary parts are ostinato-based and optional, providing beginning students with a place in the ensemble. 

The piece requires a minimum of seven players, but it can be expanded to accommodate many more players by adding in, and even adding to, the accessory percussion parts and by doubling the mallet parts. The mallet parts do include a lot of double-stops, so for very large, less experienced ensembles the parts could be split between two players with one playing the top notes and the other playing the bottom notes. 

Overall, “Trinidad Tidings” would be a lovely and fun addition to any middle school or high school, holiday percussion ensemble concert.

Marilyn K. Clark Silva
Percussive Notes
Vol. 56, No. 2, May 2018

Description

In Trinidad Tidings, John Willmarth has mashed up some of our favorite holiday tunes for a standard percussion ensemble. Joy the the World, Deck the Halls, Ode to Joy, and The Hallelujah Chorus, are all present throughout the work. As if this weren’t enough, Willmarth has gone a step further and underpinned the entire piece with a Carribean feel, using a Soca pattern in the drumset. The result is a refreshingly new take on old standards, guaranteed to keep your holiday spirits bright!

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

Instrumentation

Chimes

Glockenspiel

Xylophone

Vibraphone

Marimba—low A

3 timpani

Drumset

Accessories* (bongos, cowbell, sleigh bells, mark tree, resonant piece of metal)



*Optional

Reviews

“Trinidad Tidings” is a charming and versatile holiday percussion ensemble piece that mixes “Joy to the World,” “Deck the Halls,” “Ode to Joy,” and “Hallelujah” in soca and calypso styles. For a school without a steel band, this piece would be a fun and simple way to introduce students to playing in soca and calypso. The parts are written in such a way, however, that if a steel band director wanted to include this cheerful 2-minute number on a concert, the piece could easily be adapted to be played by a small steel band. 

The individual parts are not virtuosic, but they do require some facility on the instruments and contain syncopation, accents, changing meters, and a quick tempo. The drumset part requires a proficient player as it calls for a firm grasp of the soca and calypso rhythms. In the notes on the piece, John Willmarth suggests that the drumset player could be used “as an anchor” in lieu of a conductor. The auxiliary parts are ostinato-based and optional, providing beginning students with a place in the ensemble. 

The piece requires a minimum of seven players, but it can be expanded to accommodate many more players by adding in, and even adding to, the accessory percussion parts and by doubling the mallet parts. The mallet parts do include a lot of double-stops, so for very large, less experienced ensembles the parts could be split between two players with one playing the top notes and the other playing the bottom notes. 

Overall, “Trinidad Tidings” would be a lovely and fun addition to any middle school or high school, holiday percussion ensemble concert.

Marilyn K. Clark Silva
Percussive Notes
Vol. 56, No. 2, May 2018



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