Three Grieg Dances (for mallet percussion quartet)
-- Edvard Grieg, arr. by Matt Springer
These three pieces by Grieg are very well suited for this mallet percussion ensemble instrumentation, consisting of four players using orchestra bells, xylophone, marimba (4-1/2 octave low F), vibraphone, and triangle. A 4-1/3 octave low A marimba can be used if necessary, but it is more effective with a low F instrument. Having two sets of orchestra bells makes it easier to play, but it can be done with two players on one instrument. This ensemble is rated for advanced high-school players and up.
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From live performance: Jung Choi, bells; Chi Zhang, xylophone/marimba; Victor Lee, vibraphone; Matt Springer, marimba
|1. Norwegian Dance #1||mp3||RealAudio|
|2. Arabian Dance||mp3||RealAudio|
These recordings were derived primarily from the premiere performance of the music in 1996 at a public recital. Despite the fact that it was not a professional performance, it is still a good source of interpretation for those who are unsure of how certain passages are meant to sound. The recordings are for reference only and are not commercially available.
Download the detailed performance notes (also supplied with the sheet music):
KEYBOARD PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
Three Grieg Dances
Edvard Grieg, Arranged by Matt Springer
$28.95, Belwin Mills, c/o Warner Bros. Publications...
Three Grieg Dances is a challenging percussion ensemble for four players utilizing two sets of bells, xylophone, two* marimbas (4 1/3 octave and 4 1/2 octave), vibraphone, and triangle. The quartet can be played using one set of bells and one 4 1/2 octave marimba; however, instruments would need to be shared, causing logistical problems between performers. Players II and IV need to have adequate four-mallet technique (double vertical strokes and independent strokes) in order to perform the parts successfully. The individual dances are: Norwegian Dance #1, Arabian Dance and Rigaudon. Springer provides excellent performance notes, and the parts and score are clear and concise. Additionally, he includes mallet selections for each part, and the vibraphone part has distinctive pedal markings. --Lisa Rogers
*Note: The original published version called for two marimbas. However, it is straightforward to do it with two players using one low F marimba; that is how I performed this at its premiere.
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