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Spare Change

By Josh Gottry

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Spare Change composed by Josh Gottry. Percussion Ensemble. For Percussion Ensemble (Bells (may double or substitute Vibraphone), Xylophone (may double or substitute Marimba), Marimba (4-octave), Timpani (4), Triangle, Agogo Bells (may double or substitute Cowbell), Temple Blocks (3 pitches; may double or substitute Woodblocks), Bongos (m). Ignite Series. Medium easy. Score and parts. Duration 3:00. Published by C. Alan Publications (CN.17250).

This piece is based on George Gershwin's "Rhythm Changes," opening with a 4-bar groove introduction, followed by two complete choruses of the standard 32-bar form. The xylophone part features the melodic material with the bells overlaying a harmonically-based descant. The marimba and timpani carry the bass line and chord changes and the percussion parts are reasonably repetitive, allowing the ensemble to lock into a solid underlying groove. The "rhythm section" does get a little feature time.

Spare Change was written specifically for the C. Alan Publications Ignite Series which features entertaining yet flexible pieces for young percussion ensembles. This piece is based on George Gershwin's 'Rhythm Changes,' opening with a 4-bar groove introduction, followed by two complete choruses of the standard 32-bar form. The xylophone part features the melodic material with the bells overlaying a harmonically-based descant. The marimba and timpani carry the bass line and chord changes and the percussion parts are reasonably repetitive, allowing the ensemble to lock into a solid underlying groove. The 'rhythm section' does get a little feature time, however, at the start of the second chorus.

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