Maurice Ravel, Arr. James Ancona
Instrumentation: Crotales, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, 3 vibraphones, 3 marimbas—low A, 5 timpani, Drums (snare drum, bass drum), Cymbals (sizzle cym., hi-hat, suspended cymbal, Zildjian crash of doom, crash cymbals), Tam tam, Accessories (tambourine, castanets, triangle)
This percussion ensemble arrangement of "Alborada del Gracioso" recreates the colorful and vibrant work of Ravel's original. Originally written in 2001 and premiered by the Santa Clara Vanguard percussion ensemble, this arrangement will challenge performers and engage audiences with its accessible Spanish flair. The middle section features a soloistic marimba cadenza which utilizes advanced 4-mallet rotations and is answered by colorfully scored ensemble interjections.
Alborada del Gracioso comes with a full, bound score and includes all individual parts available for printing on included CD-Rom.