Suite for Solo Drum Set and Percussion Ensemble

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David Mancini

General Info

Year: 1986
Duration: c. 15:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Kendor
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Solo Drumset

Player I: Bongos, Triangle, Chime Tree, Finger Cymbals, Tamborim, Log Drum (Share w/2nd P[erc.), Metal Shaker
Player II: Snare Drum, Metal Shaker, Metal and Wooden Agogo Bells, Log Drum (with two pitches)
Player III: 4 Concert tom toms, Bell Tree, Temple Blocks, Chinese Cymbal, Xylophone, Timbales, Claves
Player IV: Chimes, Xylophone, Metal Wind Chimes, Finger Cymbals
Player V: Vibes, Claves
Player VI:Marimba, Assorted Metal Bells, Finger Cymbals
Player VII: Timpani, Police Whistle

Program Notes

dedication: to Ernest Muzquiz and the Syracuse University Percussion Ensemble; premiere: Spring 1986 by above with composer as soloist


Suite for Solo Drum Set and Percussion Ensemble by David Mancini is an outstanding one-movement three-part, concerto for the college drumset soloist with seven percussionists accompanying. The percussion septet's instrumentation consists of is 1st percussion bongos, mangle, chime tree, finger cymbals, tamborim, log drum, metal shaker, 2nd percussion snare drum, metal shaker, metal and wooden agogo bells, log drum, 3rd percussion 4 concert tom-toms, bell tree, temple blocks, chinese cymbal, xylophone, timbales, claves, 4th percussion chimes, xylophone, metal wind chimes, finger cymbals, afuche, claves, 5th percussion vibes, claves, 6th percussion. marimba, assorted metal bells, finger cymbals, 7th percussiontimpani, police whistle. Naturally, the soloist should have at least a conventional drumset: played with sticks, felt mallets, and brushes. The three-part concerto contrasts the definitive styles of funk-rock, AfroCuban compound meter, and a lively samba. Opportunities for free improvisation are included as cadenzas-connecting and fusing the three sections into this 9-minute singlemovement composition. This composition has recently become a staple in the "college-guest performing repertoire" of such drumset artists as Ed Soph and Steve Houghton. Also, it is a wonderful addition to the college undergraduate percussion ensemble program or even to a junior or senior undergraduate recital. The drumset soloist is required to perform very melodically on drumset as well as interpret the styles previously discussed with good taste and dynamic artistry. The accompanying percussion ensemble parts are challenging without being overly-demanding. Only two-mallet technique is required of the keyboard percussion players. This ensemble is highly recommended for the college/university percussion ensemble or for that special "day of percussion." Congratulations to both David Mancini and Kendor for their cooperative production of such clearly notated ensemble music and for a welcome addition to the "drumset/ percussion ensemble" repertoire. - James Lambert[1]



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March for Percussion SextetPercussion Sextet
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Suite No.2 for Timpani (Mancini) – Timpani
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Suite for Timpani – Timpani
Three Moods for Percussion – Percussion Duet
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