by Bela Bartok, arr. James Ancona
Instrumentation: Crotales, Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Chimes, 3 vibraphones, 3 marimbas—low A, 5 timpani, Cymbals & gongs (2 china cymbals, 18" suspended cymbal, dark suspended cymbal, bright suspended cymbal, sizzle cymbal, 2 small gongs, wind gong, medium gong, large tam-tam), Drums (snare drum, 4 toms), Accessories (2 small Zil-Bells, mounted ratchet)
This percussion ensemble arrangement of The Miraculous Mandarin is based upon three movements of Bartok's original work.
The Beginning - A challenging display of technique, timbral variety, and creative orchestration.
The Second Seduction - Featuring the vibraphones, this movement creates a rubato, tense beauty.
The Chase - A relentless conclusion which drives to the ultimate point of release.
This arrangement will challenge performers and offers a programatic piece which will showcase the versatility of the percussion ensemble's timbral range. It was first performed by the Santa Clara Vanguard Percussion Ensemble in 2000.
The Miraculous Mandarin comes with a full, bound score and includes all individual parts available for printing on an included CD-Rom.