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Molly on the Shore

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Genre: Marimba Quartet Feature with Band
# of Players: Standard+4
Level: 5 | Duration: 7:30
Publisher: Aux Arcs Music | Copyright:

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    This setting of Molly on the Shore re-assigns most of the “knuckle-buster” woodwind parts to 4 players on 4 marimbas, treating the marimbas like a soli group in a concerto grosso. This arrangement for 8 hands on 4 marimbas and band is a Grade 5, well-suited for the outstanding high school or collegiate band.

    Genre: Marimba Quartet Feature with Band | # of Players: Standard+4
    Level: 5 | Duration: 7:30

    Instrumentation
    Flute 1/2 (4)
    Oboe 1/2 (2)
    Bassoon 1/2 (2)
    E-flat Soprano Clarinet (1)
    B-flat Clarinet 1 (2)
    B-flat Clarinet 2 (2)
    B-flat Clarinet 3 (2)
    B-flat Clarinet 4 (2)
    E-flat Alto Clarinet (2)
    B-flat Bass Clarinet (2)
    E-flat Alto Saxophone 1 (1)
    E-flat Alto Saxophone 2 (1)
    B-flat Tenor Saxophone (1)
    E-flat Baritone Saxophone (1)

    Cornet 1/2 (2)
    Cornet 3/4 (2)
    F Horn 1/2 (2)
    F Horn 3 (1)
    F Horn 4 (1)
    Trombone 1/2 (2)
    Bass Trombone (1)
    Euphonium (2)
    T.C. Baritone (1)
    Tuba (3)
    String Bass (1)

    Snare Drum (1)
    Bass Drum/Cymbals (1)
    Timpani/Bells/Vibraphone (3)

    Solo Marimba 1 (4-octave)
    Solo Marimba 2 (4-octave)
    Solo Marimba 3 (4-octave)
    Solo Marimba 4 (4.3- or 4-octave)

    Program Notes
    This setting of Molly on the Shore re-assigns most of the “knuckle-buster” woodwind parts to 4 players on 4 marimbas, treating the marimbas like a soli group in a concerto grosso. Percy Grainger was a passionate advocate for the mallet percussion, particularly the wooden marimba and steel marimba (a predecessor of the vibraphone). He also advocated the use of “complete families” of instruments, so it made sense to him to include the marimba as a downward extension of the xylophone, and the vibraphone as a downward extension of the orchestra bells. His genius in seeing these instruments as a family and not simply as “salt and pepper” provided opportunities for mallet percussionists several decades ahead of other composers.

    Molly on the Shore for 8 hands on 4 Marimbas and band is a Grade 5, well-suited for the outstanding high school or collegiate band.

  • Video

    • Percy Grainger, Molly on the Shore, arr Ragsdale

      Percy Grainger's "Molly on the Shore," arranged for band and 8 hands on 4 marimbas by Chalon Ragsdale. Performed by the University of North Texas Symphonic Band, Dennis Fisher, conducting. Available from Aux Arcs Music, www.auxarcsmusic.com
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