Hello Choral colleauges, I have programmed Dan Forrest’s 3 Nocturnes this spring. The piece calls for 4 percussion players and a rather full battery: vibraphone, crotales, temple blocks, glock, etc. I looked through the rep lists from the same discussion thread on Choral net, but nothing really fits. Any new ideas about SATB and percussion? Respond to the site or to me, Liz Waterbury, at firstname.lastname@example.org THANKS.
Eric Whitacre’s “Cloudburst” calls for a lot of percussion, if not exactly the same percussion. As long as you’ve got 4 players there on the clock, you could ask them to bring some extra kit… suspended cymbal, windchimes, bass drum, thunder sheets, handbells, and piano. If you want something longer, Carmina Burana! There’s a reduced forces version for piano and percussion.
You might look at:
Tarik O’Regan’s “Triptych” – one version is for corpus and strings, the other istaff for chorus abs percussion, 8 players I think.
A quick search on “choral with percussion” yielded some interesting results. I can’t vouch for the difficulty level or exact scoring, mind you….
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Michael Hennagin: My, My Mother Goose!
For 1-4 part settings of traditional songs with percussion, see Dr. Will Schmid’s World Music Drumming Choral Series. Information is available online, with some pieces on Youtube. Dr. Schmid is the creator of the World Music Drumming curriculum, a retired professor of music education at U of Wisconsin, and a past president of Music Educators’ National Conference, now renamed the National Association for Music Education. He received his training at Luther, Wesleyan, and Eastman (PhD).
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