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James Rago

General Info

Year: 1973
Duration: c. 1:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: CPP/Belwin
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Player I: Xylophone
Player II: Susp. cymbal
Player III: Snare drum
Player IV: Snare drum, tom
Player V: Bass drum
Player VI: Timpani(2)

Program Notes


Presto is a percussion sextet scored for xylophone, suspended cymbal, snare drum/tom-tom (one player), bass drum and a pair of timpani. Distinctive 16th-note motives set in a contrapuntal texture create an animated sonic tapestry. The sizzling tempo (quarter note = 190-195) is sure to give a high school or advanced middle school ensemble an exhilarating performance experience. When this piece appears on the students' music stands, it should be "love at first sight." - John R. Raush[1]



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Works for Percussion by this Composer

Allegro for Percussion (Rago) - Percussion Sextet
Etude in Latin Style - Percussion Septet
March for Percussion (Rago) - Percussion Quintet
Nails - Percussion Sextet
Presto - Percussion Sextet
Rhythmic Statements - Percussion Quintet
Simulating Assimilation - Percussion Quintet
Six/Eight Scherzo - Percussion Quintet

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