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Diabolic Variations


Genre: Percussion Ensemble
# of Players: 13
Level: Difficult | Duration: 9:45
Publisher: OU Percussion Press | Copyright: 1986

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    Scored for nine keyboard percussion plus timpani, Helble's fine work builds upon his keen understanding and experience in writing sophisticated marimba compositions. A beautifully tonal piece, Diabolic Variations requires outstanding technique and a great deal of musical sensitivity from all ten players.

    Genre: Percussion Ensemble | # of Players: 13
    Level: Difficult | Duration: 9:45

    Marimba I (4.3-octave)
    Marimba II (4.3-octave)
    Marimba III (4.3-octave)
    Bass Marimba (5-octave)

    About the OU Percussion Press
    In 1977 the OU Percussion Orchestra and Ensemble embarked on a project that developed into a national model for the encouragement and development of new music for percussion ensemble. The OU Percussion Ensemble Commissioning Series regularly engages outstanding composers to write works for this medium. The Commissioning Series is responsible for the creation of some of today`s staples in the percussion ensemble repertoire.

    In 1983 the University of Oklahoma funded the establishment of the OU Percussion Press, a non-profit extension of the percussion area. Through the Percussion Press, the commissioning series compositions plus other works expressly written for the OU Percussion Orchestra and Ensembles have been made available for purchase and performance by the world`s leading percussion ensembles. The Percussion Press` catalog numbers more than 50 works, all published in a non-profit venture as a service to the profession.

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    • Diabolic Variations by Raymond Helble

      The TCU Percussion Ensemble performs "Diabolic Variations" by Raymond Helble at PASIC on 11/08/08. Conducted by Richard C. Gipson, TCU School of Music Director. Published by OU Percussion Press, distributed by C. Alan Publications ( The piece was commissioned and premiered in 1985 by the University of Oklahoma Percussion Orchestra, Richard C. Gipson conductor. Posted with permission.
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