by Sergei Prokofiev, arr. Matt Moore
Instrumentation: Glockenspiel, Xylophone, 2 vibraphone, Chimes, 4 marimbas—(2) 4-octave, (1) low A, (1) low C, 4 timpani, Suspended cymbal, Drums (snare drum, bass drum), Accessories (tambourine, triangle)
Matt Moore's arrangement of the Scherzo from Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 is as bold as the original music. Plain and simple, this keyboard-heavy ensemble for 12 percussionists will take experienced players to task with twists and turns around every corner—constantly shifting tonal centers and tempi, changing moods, and last, but not least…licks galore! Moore orchestrates Prokofiev's adventurous themes in a way that almost makes us believe they were originally intended for keyboard percussion.
Using only two mallets for all keyboard parts, the players can focus solely on matching dynamic and rhythmic interpretation. All performers will need to be experienced listeners and possess a great deal of sensitivity in their respective roles. The pay-off is an impressive work that clocks in at nearly seven minutes and will transport the listener to World War II-era Russia and beyond.
This piece comes with a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing an audio recording and all individual parts for printing.