Medium/Advanced Percussion Ensemble
by Ludwig van Beethoven / arr. Brian Slawson
Instrumentation: Vibraphone, 2 marimbas—(1) 4-octave, (1) low A*
*If only one marimba is available, both marimba players may share a low A marimba. The two marimba parts never intersect.
Brian Slawson captures the spirit of the third movement of Beethoven’s famous piano sonata (dubbed The Tempest) expertly with this rendition for vibraphone and two marimbas. The arrangement is rife with healthy musical challenges for keyboard trio: A relentless pulse that drives throughout the entire four minutes, extreme dynamics (mostly on the softer side), and the necessity of great communication between all players. If you need a little Beethoven mixed into your next percussion concert (and really, who doesn’t?), this is a great choice!
The Storm comes with a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing an audio recording and all individual parts for printing.