Feel The Spirit

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David Mancini

General Info

Year: 19
Duration: c.
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: PerMus
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Player I - VIII: cymbals, wind machine, bass drum, timpani, marimbas(2), chimes, metal shaker, agogo bells, tamborim, surdo, samba whistle, woodblock, snare drum, ripinique


Program Notes

Published as part of Per-Mus's "Sacred Music for Percussion Series," David Mancini's "Feel the Spirit" is appropriate for Easter. Scored for percussion octet plus piano, this work contrasts the solemn, sad mood of Good Friday with the happiness of Easter Sunday morning. Appropriately, the opening is scored for somber percussion sounds of large tam-tams, multiple suspended cymbal rolls, a wind machine, bass drum, timpani, marimba, chimes, and piano. The chime performer changes to three-mallet vibraphone chords (doubled in the piano). At measure 62, the a-minor tonality shifts to its relative C-major for the samba that starts at measure 75 and continues throughout the remainder of the eight-minute work. The samba instrumentation consists of two marimbas (two-mallet technique), vibraphone, metal shaker, agogo bells, tamborim, surdo, timpani, and piano. This section includes an energetic soli break that uses samba whistle, woodblock, metal shaker, snare drum, agogo bells, tamborim, surdo, and repinique. The trading of individual written-out solos of three measures, then four measures, ends with a reprise of the memorable samba melody, which brings the composition to its lively conclusion. "Feel the Spirit" permits the percussion ensemble to be introduced into the Easter liturgical setting, and it can be quite successfully performed in secular settings as well. ("Feel the Spirit" also exists in a percussion ensemble/choral version.)




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Works for Percussion by this Composer

Caribbean FestivalPercussion Septet; with Piano; with Electric Bass
Duet No. 1Percussion Duet
Exit 39Percussion Quartet
Extremes – Percussion Septet
Feel The SpiritPercussion Octet; with Piano
Fiesta Latina – Percussion Octet
Groovin' In TrinidadDrum Set
Jazz Solos: Drum Set Volume 2Drum Set Method
Joey's SongVibraphone
Jubilee ConcertoTimpani; with Percussion Septet Quartet
Latin JourneyMultiple Percussion
March for Percussion SextetPercussion Sextet
Recital Piece for Solo Percussion – Multiple Percussion
Song of JoyPercussion Nonet
Suite No.2 for Timpani (Mancini) – Timpani
Suite for Solo Drum Set and Percussion EnsembleDrum Set; with Percussion Septet
Suite for Timpani – Timpani
Three Moods for Percussion – Percussion Duet
With Joy in his Heart – Drum Set; with Percussion Septet

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