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Piece Title : Big Bob`s Return
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Composer / Arranger : Orfaly, Alex (b. 1974)
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Alex Orfaly, a freelance percussionist and composer in the Boston area. He has performed with orchestras worldwide, including the the Cleveland Orchestra, the L.A. Philharmonic, Palau de Les Arts in Spain, and currently serves as timpanist for the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho. He has a growing body of percussion pieces to his credit, including his Concerto for Brass and Percussion, premiered in 2004 by the New World Symphony. His first Divertissement, written in 2001 for solo timpani and percussion ensemble won Second Prize in the Percussive Arts Society composition competition, his Rhapsody No. 2 for solo timpani won First Prize in 2006 and his Improvvisatto Contrasto for timpani solo won first prize in 2010. His highly entertaining Mean Man’s March, based on the human and canine social complexities of the dog park, was premiered in 2011 by the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, which will also premiere his latest work, Cowboy Bill for orchestra with narrator in August 2012.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :6 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Percussion Ensemble
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Instrumentation : 4 1/3 Octave Marimba (Low A) / Chimes / Crotales (Set of) / Glockenspiel / Vibraphone / Xylophone
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Publisher :C. Alan Publications
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C. Alan Publications was founded in 1989 to fill a need for high-quality percussion literature.  Since that time, they have adhered to the highest standards of music integrity in the percussion music they publish.  In 1997, they added a line of concert band music to their catalogue, which continues to flourish.  More recently they added music for orchestra (youth, string and full), brass ensemble, chorus, jazz ensemble and chamber ensembles. 

In addition they are the sole distributor of 'Whole Sum Productions' percussion catalogue (WS).  Their music receives extensive exposure through performances on international concerts, clinics and conventions and is widely available on compact disc.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :2009 / 
Duration :5Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :8
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :It is my intention that there be a color difference between the two solo xylophones either by using different mallets or by using one wood xylophone and one synthetic xylophone. In either event the difference should be subtly noticeable. At many times, off-beats are included in the lowest marimba part. I have done this to make the accompaniment parts less demanding. If desired, these off beats from Marimba 3 can be left out and added to the chords of either Marimba 1 or 2. To allow switching from accompaniment parts to melodic parts, the Vibraphone and Marimbas 1 and 2 all require 3 or 4 mallets. Attention should be paid to the articulations of the Vibraphone part. The motor should be switched on, for the Vibraphone as well. For the crotales, either octave may be used. If crotales are not available, this part should be omitted all together. The crotales should be played with a very small and light brass mallet. (aka a Magic Flute bell mallet) As with my other ragtime compositions, Big Bob’s Return should be performed in a lighthearted spirit. I hope that this unique ragtime for solo xylophones proves to be as enjoyable to perform as it was to compose. (This piece is not intended to be performed together with “Big Bob’s Special”). (Program notes by the composer)
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