Lullaby for PJ is dedicated to the composer's beautiful baby daughter, born on May 9, 2016. Unlike most of the piece in the Ignite series, this work exposes students to playing delicately at a fairly slow tempo.
Instrumentation Bells (may substitute or double with Vibraphone) Vibraphone (may subtitute or double with 4-octave Marimba) Marimba 1 [optional] (4-octave; may share 4.3-octave instrument with Marimba 2 Marimba 2 [optional] (4.3-octave; may share 4.3-octave instrument with Marimba 1 Timpani & Wind CHimes (3 drums: 32", 29", 26") Egg Shaker (may substitute brushes on snare drum, other shaker or maracas) Triangle (may substitute suspended finger cymbal with triangle beater) Suspended Cymbal (any size; may substitute any other resonant cymbal) Bass Drum [optional] (may substitute or double with a low tom or floor tom)
Program Notes Lullaby for PJ is dedicated to my beautiful baby daughter, born on May 9, 2016. Originally written as a duet for bells and vibraphone in the collection “Duology: 10 Duets for Young Percussionists,” the piece has been expanded to include more accessory instruments, providing young percussion ensembles to join in the fun. Unlike most of the piece in the Ignite series, Lullaby for PJ exposes students to playing delicately at a fairly slow tempo.
The IGNITE Series for the Developing Percussion Ensemble This unique series was designed specifically for young percussionists as they experience the magic of playing in percussion ensemble. Each piece provides the director and students with great flexibility – from the number of players to the tempo to the instrumentation. Light a fire under your students today!
Picked up these piece for my beginning percussion ensemble. Nathan is an amazing composer and really knows how to write some great works. This one is no different. If you want to teach your kids about expressing emotion through their playing, this piece will teach just that. The tempo is perfect, the part writing really fits together well, and the tension in this piece really builds until that final melodic statement. Pick this one up for your percussion ensemble today! Kyle Lee Dortch
Apr 20th 2017