This piece is Trepak, which is an exciting and brilliant traditional Russian Dance.
This is the final movement of 10 movements from my "Nutcracker Suite for Percussion", which has been a 20 year project of passion. Performing the Nutcracker is like a clinic on the most common symphonic percussion instruments. I am playing all instruments in real time, on the actual acoustic instrument, or a percussion controller.
This piece is dedicated to my beautiful and talented friend Tatiana Samoylova, who is a gifted Artist that is studying in San Francisco. Tatiana was born and raised in Pyatigorsk, Russia. Tatiana's work exemplifies uncanny realism! I have mistaken some of her work as photographs, because they seem so real one can almost touch them!
Tchaikovsky was a genius of writing for percussion instruments. Very few school percussionists get the opportunity to perform this brilliant and timeless music. Tchaikovsky’s genius, magic, orchestration concepts, voicing, and nuance are captured in this percussion suite of 5 dances from the Nutcracker Ballet. This arrangement requires at least one 5 octave marimba and at least one glockenspiel with a low F.
Instrumentation: 2 sets of Bells (at least 1 with low F), Crotales, 2 Xylophones, 2 Vibraphones, 2 Marimbas (one marimba must be a 5 octave marimba), 4 Timpani, Finger Cymbals, 2 Triangles, Electronic Keyboard with bassoon sound (or 2 bassoon players), Chinese Opera gong (pitch bends up), Chinese Jing Gong (pitch bends down), Chinese Fuyin Gong (small, thin, and low-pitched), 2 Orchestral Tambourines, Castanets, Suspended Cymbal, Bell Tree, and Cymbals.
This entire suite is available for purchase in my shop at chiphancock.com. All percussion ensemble music is available as downloadable pdf files of the score and all parts and notes from the conductor, as well as an mp3 file of the piece. Thanks for listening to my music! Enjoy!
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