DIABOLIC VARIATIONS

Posted By : Jeff Moore
Piece Title : Diabolic Variations
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Dificulty Rating :
Level : Graduate
Composer / Arranger : Helble, Raymond
Composer / Arranger Details: Unknown
Total Number of Percussionists Required :10+ Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Large Percussion Ensemble
Instrumentation : 4 1/3 Octave Marimba (Low A) (x3) / Bells / Chimes / Crotales (Set of) / Xylophone
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : OU Percussion Ensemble
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Publisher :OU Percussion Press
Publishers Website :www.oupercussionpress.com
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In 1977 the OU Percussion Orchestra and Ensemble embarked on a project that developed into a national model for the encouragement and development of new music for percussion ensemble.  The OU Percussion Ensemble Commissioning Series regularly engages outstanding composers to write works for this medium.  The Commissioning Series is responsible for the creation of some of today`s staples in the percussion ensemble repertoire.

     In 1983 the University of Oklahoma funded the establishment of the OU Percussion Press, a non-profit extension of the percussion area. Through the Percussion Press, the commissioning series compositions plus other works expressly written for the OU Percussion Orchestra and Ensembles have been made available for purchase and performance by the world`s leading percussion ensembles. The Percussion Press` catalog numbers more than 50 works, all published in a non-profit venture as a service to the profession.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :1985 /  1986
Duration :10Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :Various
Special Needs :NA
Sheet Music Available From :www.oupercussionpress.com      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Scored for nine keyboard percussion plus timpani, Helble`s fine work builds upon his keen understanding and experience in writing sophisticated marimba compositions.  A beautifully tonal piece, Diabolic Variations requires outstanding technique and a great deal of musical sensitivity from all ten players

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Posted By : Jeff Moore    Date Posted: 23 February 2009 08:44:00 AM
10 players, Mallet ensemble with timpani. Substantial mallet writting. Notice parts for 3 4 1/3 8ve 4 mallet marimba players. Advanced techniques. No unusual times or notation, just solid technical mastery required. Graduate level. Not much tempo fluctuation in this piece, though motion is created through harmonic progression, much like the Baroque style where the piece looks static visually, yet can easily be brought to life in performance. An exceptionally difficult part for everyone, including the most difficult crotale part in my experience. Another significant contribution to our repertoire.
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