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Piece Title : Blue Tid Bit
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Level : Freshman / Sophomore
Composer / Arranger : Breuer, Harry/arr. R. Gipson
Composer / Arranger Details:

About the composer:

Harry Breuer was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 24, 1901. He began his musical study with the violin but, at age thirteen, the xylophone caught his interest and he made his musical debut as soloist at the New York Academy of Music in 1919. The twenties found him as a pioneer radio broadcaster and soloist at the Roxy Theatre and other movie palaces. When Radio City Music Hall opened in the thirties he performed as soloist using an instrument of his own design—a combination of marimba, vibraphone and xylophone.

His career in music was multi-faceted as a composer of mallet solos, appearances in film shorts and educational films, soloist on recordings, staff percussionist at NBC and composer and performer of electronic music for European radio, television and films.


About the arranger:

Richard Gipson came to Texas Christian University in July, 2002 as Director of the School of Music and Professor of Music after serving for 26 years on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma School of Music. Under his leadership, the OU Percussion Department became nationally and internationally recognized for leadership in percussion pedagogy, ensemble performance, publishing, and recording. The group`s five compact discs are the most recorded by a university percussion ensemble. The OU Percussion Orchestra was named the outstanding university percussion ensemble in the nation in 1990 by the Percussive Arts Society and was competitively selected to perform an unprecedented four times at PAS International Conventions in 1985, 1990, 1994, and 2001. The group`s New York City Merkin Hall debut recital in February 2001 featured four works from its acclaimed Commissioning Series which numbered 18 original works composed for and premiered by the OU Percussion Orchestra and Ensemble under Gipson`s leadership.

In addition to his teaching and administrative duties, Gipson performed for ten years with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal Timpanist, having performed before that with the Oklahoma, Austin, and Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestras. In addition to OU, he taught percussion at the University of Texas, Central Missouri State University, Susquehanna University, and Penn State University before coming to TCU where he continues to teach. His more than 30 original compositions and special arrangements for marimba and percussion ensemble are published by Southern Music Company, Studio 4 Productions, Columbia Pictures Publications, and the OU Percussion Press.

Prior to assuming his administrative responsibilities at TCU, Gipson served OU as Director of the School of Music for five years, Executive Assistant to the President for two years, and Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for one year. He holds undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of Texas and his doctorate was earned at the Pennsylvania State University.





Total Number of Percussionists Required :4 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Xylophone Solo with Marimba Ensemble
Instrumentation : 4 1/3 Octave Marimba (Low A) (x2) / Xylophone
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : Not a Commissioned Work
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 OU Percussion Press
Accompanied :Solo with Percussion Accompaniment
Publisher :OU Percussion Press
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Publisher Details :

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 :1986 /  1986
Duration :3Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :Various
Special Needs :NA
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

These classic two and four-mallet solos by Harry Breuer are arranged for solo xylophone plus 3-4 marimbas accompanying.  All accompaniments are easy enough for the youngest of keyboard players.

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