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Mallet Ensembles

Mallet Trios
William Tell Finale - Rossini/Hall
Difficulty: M  OMEA Class: B  Publ. Code: 20622000  
This well known piece from Rossini’s opera has thrilled audiences for many years in a way that Rossini never imagined. It became the galloping music for the Lone Ranger’s horse Silver and just makes you want to gallop when you hear it played, no matter what the instrumentation. This trio is scored for xylophone and 2 marimbas. If 2 are not available both marimba parts can be played on one concert instrument with care given to which octave each player is to use. Choice of mallets is also critical for a good performance to properly take care of balance and to still maintain excitement. Some stickings are marked to facilitate learning. Players and audiences will really enjoy this trio.

Mallet Quartets
Civil War Songs (Aura Lee and Dixie) - arr. Hall
Difficulty: ME  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 20623172  
Aura Lee and Dixie have been popular tunes since the time of the Civil War. This is an excellent ensemble for less experienced mallet players because the melodies are familiar allowing them to concentrate on accuracy of strokes and musical playing. It is written for 4 marimbas, but can be performed on just 2 instruments with 2 players on each, or a xylophone can be used for the top part with the proper choice of mallets to balance and blend with the other parts. Both legato and staccato playing are required.

Russian Sailors’ Dance - Gliere/Hall
Difficulty: M  OMEA Class: B  Publ. Code: 00470  
This quartet is scored for orchestra bells, xylophone and 2 marimbas. Both marimba parts can be played on the same concert marimba if another instrument is not available. This exciting piece is frequently played by symphony orchestras, and also in arrangements by school orchestras. The music describes clumsy Russian sailors learning to do an acrobatic dance. Even though the arrangement is complete with just the mallet instruments there are optional percussion parts for two players who are asked to cover snare drum, bass drum and suspended cymbals. See the listing under that category.

The Welsh and the Irish - Folk tunes/Hall
Difficulty: E  OMEA Class: C  Publ. Code: 20623171  
These two folk tunes from the British Isles will be familiar to the performers making this an excellent ensemble for less experienced mallet players. It is written for 3 marimbas and bells or vibes. Xylophones can be used to replace one or more of the marimbas, or 2 players could play on one marimba by choosing different octaves and with care in choosing mallets that will balance and blend with the other parts. Both legato and staccato playing are required adding to the learning experience.

“OMEA Class” refers to the assigned difficulty rating on the Ohio Music Educators Association Required List.

Sound samples are provided for some of the arrangements on this site. These are produced as MP3 files, with links noted after those arrangements for which they are available. Many also provide a "short MP3" alternative for those with slower, dial-up connections. While all sound samples are fairly compact, the shorter versions will typically download four to five times faster than their fuller counterparts.

Score samples are also provided for some arrangements. These show the first page (and sometimes several pages) of the score, and are provided in PDF format. You will need to have the Adobe Reader installed to be able to read these files. If you are unsure if you have this capability, click on a score link and see what happens. If you cannot read the file, a free version of the Adobe Reader is available at www.adobe.com.


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