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Sinfonietta for Percussion Trio

By Dan Heslink

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Drums, Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Multi-Percussion, Vibraphone, Marimba, Percussion (xylophone, snare drum, bass drum) - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Dan Heslink. 21st Century, Contemporary Classical. Score, Set of Parts. 46 pages. Published by Pharaoh Publications (S0.873117).

Item Number: S0.873117

Sinfonietta                                                                                                                  composed by Dan Heslink

“Sinfonietta” is a triofor vibraphone, marimba and percussion (xylophone, snare drum, and bass drum). Itsexpression is intended to be non-representational, presenting onlyan interesting technical construction in a suave formal organization. With thetitle the composer designates a single movement, with length and seriousness ofexpression approaching a symphonic movement. Its form approximates an expandedversion of the classical sonata-allegro, dividing materials into three largesections.

Beginning are the two main phrases of theprincipal theme, which establish patterns that are idiomatic throughout themovement. The first measure’s quartal harmonies divide into rhythms alternatingthe two hands, the right-hand posing a melody and the left-hand complementingit with harmony and rhythmic repetition. The phrase at measure 7 is a long-breathedmelody for vibes accompanied by undulating chords in the marimba. A transitioncomprising highly qualitative rhythms (stated first by the marimba in m. 20.)has much identity. By measure 41, the transition has grown into a full secondarytheme, one that is developed and repeated often throughout the movement. Theexposition closes with a theme beginning in measure 51. It is announced by thevibes as another long-breathed melody unfolding over the active rhythm of thesecond theme.

After a gradual dissipation, the development sectionstarts at measure 92 with a new but related theme, heard first in the vibes. Itoffers a different key and an expressive melody slowly unfolding overrhythmically active harmonies. The remainder of this middle section exploresnuances of the secondary and closing themes, and ultimately leads to themovement’s first climax. It eventually dissipates through a gradual reductionof density and tempo.

 The Reprise begins vigorously at m. 118 withstatements of both the principal theme’s phrases. Then the second theme istransformed by the addition of bass drum strokes, which sets up a codetta. Thissection comprises a long crescendo on the new theme over a rhythmic tattooderived from the second theme, and builds to a bold conclusion.

 Pedaling on the vibes is indicatedwith a solid bracket below the connected notes, and half pedaling with a dashedbracket. It is imperative that the percussion part be heard but not dominate.The performer is encouraged to experiment with a piccolo snare drum and 28”bass drum. “Sinfonietta” would serve equally well in a professional, college oradvanced high school percussion recital. The composer assigns a difficultylevel of medium difficult. Duration is 8:10. The composer, Dan Heslink, can becontacted at


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