Item No.: TSPCE22-007

Medium Concert Percussion

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by Brian Slawson

10 players


  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone
  • Chimes
  • Vibraphone
  • 1 marimba* — low A
  • 4 timpani
  • Drumset
  • Drums (bongos, doumbek)
  • Cymbals & gongs (crash cymbals)
  • Accessories (temple blocks, bell tree, finger cymbals, cabasa, tambourine)

*Shared by 2 players

Brian Slawson wrote Opa! as a celebration of Grandparents’ Day - a holiday that honors the bonds between grandparents and grandchildren. The title holds two meanings: Firstly, “opa!” is a Greek expression often cheered at weddings and Greek dances. The word also translates to “grandpa” in German and Dutch, a fitting coincidence for the meaning behind the piece!

Musically, the work takes inspiration from multiple sources. The slow, call-and-response introduction is loosely inspired by the counterpoint of Bach. Soon after, the tempo picks up as the full ensemble breaks into exuberant music-making, including several zany quotes from Pachelbel’s Canon in D. This piece is a great addition to the intermediate ensemble repertoire for any festive occasion!

Opa! ships as a printed, professionally bound score, and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or tablet viewing.

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