by Rick Dior
Instrumentation: Crotales (higher octave), Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, 2 marimbas—(1) 4-octave, (1) low C, 4 timpani, Drums (2 sets of bongos, congas, timbales*, small bass drum, surdo, large bass drum, djembe, field drum), Cymbals & gongs (4 pairs of crash cymbals, ride cymbal with rivets, wind gong, suspended cymbal), Accessories (claves, sleighbells, tambourine, agogo bells, pandeiro, talking drum**, berimbau, wind chimes, caxixi, bell tree, cuica, tambourim, temple blocks, 3 cowbells, samba whistle, triangle, 2 shakers)
*With 2 cowbells
**Substitutions are okay
This is “Carol of the Bells” as you’ve never experienced it. Rick Dior takes creative liberties with the renowned Christmas carol, giving it a completely different character that will spice up your holiday repertoire.
This percussion ensemble arrangement for 10 players contains aspects of African and Brazilian drumming along with some inventive odd-metered treatments to the mallet choir and even a crash cymbal quartet! With ample room for improvisation and crowd participation, Peril of the Bells is perfect for directors who want creativity with their Christmas.
Peril of the Bells comes as a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing individual parts and a recording.