Medium/Easy Concert Percussion
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by Gustav Holst, arr. John Hendon
Instrumentation: Glockenspiel, 2 vibraphones, 2-3 marimbas* **—(1) 4 octave, (1) low A, (1) low C, 2 timpani**
* If 3 marimbas aren’t available, this piece can be performed on 2 instruments with M1 and M3 sharing a low A instrument and M2 and M3 sharing a low C instrument.
** The timpani and Marimba 4 parts are optional
Gustav Holst was one of the most renowned English composers of the 20th century. His two suites for military band are now staples in today’s wind ensemble repertoire. Tapspace artist John Herndon has done a fantastic job of adapting the second movement of Holst’s Second Suite in F for percussion ensemble and piano.
Based on the Cornish folk song I’ll Love My Love, this movement lulls and swells its way through the key of F-minor in order to portray the turbulent emotions of lost love. Herndon has orchestrated this movement brilliantly, capturing the essence of Holst’s original piece, with the percussion now taking center stage. Song Without Words comes with a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing an audio recording and all individual parts available for printing.