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Piece Title : Caliente Christmas
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Composer / Arranger : Dior, Rick
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Total Number of Percussionists Required :10+ Percussionist(s)
Categories : Percussion Ensemble
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Instrumentation : 4 1/3 Octave Marimba (Low A) / Bass Drum / Bells / Bongos (Set of) / Castanets / Caxixi (x2) / Chimes / Claves (x2) / Congas (Set of) / Cymbal / Drum Kit / Glockenspiel / Mounted Tambourine / Shaker (x2) / Shekere / Small Gong / Suspended Cymbal (x2) / Temple Block / Timpani / Triangle / Tubular Bells (x2) / Tuned Wind Chimes / Vibraphone / Wood Block (x2)
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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 :8Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :Caliente Christmas is a Latin-tinged percussion ensemble piece for 10-11 players featuring a medley of Christmas carols including Good King Wenceslas, Silent Night, and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. The piece was commissioned by the Charlotte Symphony for their annual Christmas concert in 2005 and premiered by the UNCC percussion ensemble at that event.

The piece opens with a simple 7/4 bass line performed by the slapaphone (or bass marimba) and is soon joined by several hand percussion instruments playing different counter rhythms. The mallet section enters with the Good King Wenceslas melody presented in two variations.

After an exhuberant conclusion to this opening section, a rendition of Silent Night occurs. A combination of tubular wind chimes, song bells, and bowed vibraphone creates an ethereal atmosphere here, followed by a relaxed groove treatment.

An Afro-Cuban version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen follows, employing a folkloric groove called Guaguancó. An extended vibraphone solo segues to the melody as well as bongo and conga solos. Here the groove alternates between the Cuban rhythms of Mozambique and Songo.

The piece closes with a “heavy metal” percussion section and a klezmer style return to the Good King Wenceslas melody.
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