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Some People's Kids (Perc Ens 8-9)


Genre: Percussion Ensemble
# of Players: 8-9
Level: Medium | Duration: 4:20
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2018

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    Some People's Kids is a set of two short pieces for percussion ensemble each based around a 16-bar melody written by Gottry's two kids.

    Genre: Percussion Ensemble | # of Players: 8-9
    Level: Medium | Duration: 4:20

    Marimba 1 (4-octave)
    Marimba 2 (4.3-octave)
    Bass Guitar (optional)
    Tambourine & Tamborim (or High Bongo)
    Congas & Repinique (or High Timbale)

    Program Notes
    Some People's Kids originated as a deal with my children: if they'd each compose a 16-measure melody, I'd use it as the basis for an ensemble composition. Considering what they created, I realized that both could be orchestrated with a similar percussion ensemble size and instrumentation, but each with its own distinctive style: specifically one as a samba batucada and one with a heavy backbeat shuffle. The end result is a pair of groove-based pieces for percussion ensemble. The Backyard has a strong shuffle feel and an unusual phrasing structure with elisions that seem to keep the listener waiting until the end of the form. Skipping Stones is an up-tempo samba batucada featuring rhythmic phrasing in the melody that highlights the underlying partido alto. For concerts or festivals, either piece can be performed independently or the two pieces may presented as a set.

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