Advanced Concert Percussion
by Maurice Ravel, arr. Stephen Primatic
Instrumentation: Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Vibraphone, 2 marimbas—(2) 4-octave, (1) low C*
Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major is a staple of string quartet literature. Its highly rhythmic second movement translates well to mallet percussion, as is evidenced by Primatic’s excellent arrangement that expertly captures the nuance and color of the original string quartet. In this mallet septet, the woods effectively emulate the opening pizzicato statements, while the lyrical passages are well matched to the metallic, sustaining instruments. A worthy challenge with an impressive musical result!
String Quartet in F Major, Movement II comes as a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing individual parts and a recording.