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Piece Title : Four Dances for Percussion Ensemble
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Composer / Arranger : Dior, Rick
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Total Number of Percussionists Required :8 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Percussion Ensemble
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Instrumentation : Bamboo Wind Chimes / Bongos (Set of) / Caxixi (x2) / Claves (x2) / Concert Bass Drum / Concert Toms / Congas (Set of) / Crash Cymbals / Field Drum / Finger Cymbals (x2) / Glockenspiel / Gong / Opera Gong (x3) / Shaker / Snare Drum / Suspended Cymbal (x2) / Tam-Tam / Tambourine (x3) / Timpani (Set of) / Wind Gong / Xylophone
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Written for / Commissioned by : Charlotte Civic Orchestra
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Publisher :Tapspace Publications
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Tapspace™ is a publishing company specializing in creative percussion music. Formed in 1998 and stationed in Portland, Oregon, USA, Tapspace has a refined niche focusing on educational and appealing concert percussion ensembles, solos, duets, rudimental percussion music, steel band music, and other educational materials.

With a star-studded list of contributing artists, our works have been performed by thousands of percussionists around the world, and are being used daily to help shape and influence the rapidly growing percussive arts. This makes Tapspace a premier source for today`s most creative percussion literature.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :2014 / 
Duration :9Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :Four Dances for Percussion Ensemble was commissioned in 2001 by the Charlotte Civic Orchestra for a youth percussion ensemble. It is a crowd pleasing, groove-based composition consisting of four contrasting movements that are held together by reappearing rhythmic and melodic motifs. These themes and rhythms are derived from several different musical cultures and are performed on standard orchestral percussion as well as certain South American and African percussion instruments.

The piece begins with Minimalistic Dance with the timpani providing a repetitive figure based on an African rhythm called Abakwa. This rhythm is accompanied by bongos, claves, and congas. The first melodic theme is introduced by the glockenspiel and reappears again in the last movement.

Next is the Festive Dance which begins with flamenco-style handclapping and evolves into a “south of the border” melody followed by a short Irish gigue.

The third movement is entitled Eastern Dance . Here the music travels to the Far East through the use of various gongs. Three tuned Chinese opera gongs introduce a theme that is further developed in the fourth movement. Other strange but commonly used sounds in this movement include bowed cymbals, wood chimes, an LP™ Vibratone, and glissando cymbal rolls played on the timpani.

The fourth movement, entitled Percussive Dance, uses some of the previously stated themes and introduces several new ones in what can only be described as a hypercharged orchestral percussion assault. This movement uses all of the common European orchestral percussion instruments and features a timpani cadenza.
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