by Ralph Hicks
Instrumentation: Glockenspiel, Xylophone (or small marimba), Chimes, 3 timpani, Bass drum, Suspended cymbal, Accessories (brake drum, triangle, woodblock, sleigh bells, wind chimes)
A sweet and tender work by Ralph Hicks, Low Tide evokes the gentle sounds of the sea through sensitive swells, special wave-like effects, unique colors, and attention to mallet choices. The piece focuses on controlling a slow tempo with constant dynamic contrasts. It serves as a great way to train younger players not just how to play percussion instruments with proper technique, but how to play with musical sensitivity.
This piece was extracted from the larger compilation book, Beyond Basic Percussion. Co-written by Eric Rath and Ralph Hicks it contains 10 ensembles from which beginning percussion students can learn. Also helpful is the fact that this piece is flexible in its instrumentation. If you don’t have the full arsenal of players or equipment, some parts have been denoted as optional.
This piece comes with a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing an audio recording and all individual parts for printing.