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Spare Change

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Genre: Percussion Ensemble
# of Players: 5-10
Level: Medium Easy | Duration: 3:00
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2010

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    This piece is based on George Gershwin's Rhythm Changes, opening with a 4-bar groove introduction, followed by two complete choruses of the standard 32-bar form. The xylophone part features the melodic material with the bells overlaying a harmonically-based descant. The marimba and timpani carry the bass line and chord changes and the percussion parts are reasonably repetitive, allowing the ensemble to lock into a solid underlying groove. The "rhythm section" does get a little feature time.

    Genre: Percussion Ensemble | # of Players: 5-10
    Level: Medium Easy | Duration: 3:00

    Instrumentation
    Bells (may double or substitute Vibraphone)
    Xylophone (may double or substitute Marimba)
    Marimba (4-octave)
    Timpani (4)
    Triangle
    Agogo Bells (may double or substitute Cowbell)
    Temple Blocks (3 pitches; may double or substitute Woodblocks)
    Bongos (may double or substitute Congas)
    Snare Drum
    Bass Drum (lightly muffled; may double or substitute Floor Tom)

    Program Notes
    Spare Change was written specifically for the C. Alan Publications Ignite Series which features entertaining yet flexible pieces for young percussion ensembles. This piece is based on George Gershwin’s Rhythm Changes, opening with a 4-bar groove introduction, followed by two complete choruses of the standard 32-bar form. The xylophone part features the melodic material with the bells overlaying a harmonically-based descant. The marimba and timpani carry the bass line and chord changes and the percussion parts are reasonably repetitive, allowing the ensemble to lock into a solid underlying groove. The “rhythm section” does get a little feature time, however, at the start of the second chorus.

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    1. Fun concert piece

      Really fun piece that your kids will love. The xylophone part is the feature, so if you've got a strong mallet reader, throw them on there and let them lead. Percussion parts are solid, and you can move kids around several times and never have them on the same instrument twice. Great teaching piece, and your crowd will love it! on Nov 14th 2017

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