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Big Country by Bela Fleck arr. Olin Johannessen

Model # TSPCE-18 By: Tapspace
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    Ensemble Big Country
    Composed by Béla Fleck
    Arranged by Olin Johannessen

    Instrumentation: Marimba 1 (low F or low A), marimba 2 (low E) , 2 vibraphones, xylophone, glockenspiel, shaker, 3 different-sized triangles, small drum set (snare, kick, hi hat, 2 or 3 cymbals), bass guitar, 5-octave marimba (optional), soprano sax (optional)

    Big Country is a catchy and inspired composition by world renowned banjo picker and jazz musician Béla Fleck from the album Left of Cool by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Its simple melody encapsulates the folksy sound of Americana, and Olin Johannessen's arrangement wonderfully captures this through his scoring for percussion ensemble.

    Featuring 4-mallet independent techniques for marimbas and xylophone, Fleck's original banjo part transfers well to percussion ensemble. This arrangement also features a small rhythm section (drum set and bass guitar) to drive the two-step feel and includes optional parts for soprano sax (inspired by the original) as well as a couple optional basic marimba parts (in addition to main marimbas) for larger ensembles. Also, the xylophone and glockenspiel parts are written so that one player can cover both parts which may be useful for smaller groups.

    This is a very accessible piece, but it does require a good level of technical proficiency from marimba and xylophone players. It can be something of a 4-mallet workout and requires a relaxed and smooth approach to the instrument. As Johannessen states in the performance notes, "This piece is about making people feel good." Big Country is sure to be a welcome addition to your next percussion ensemble concert.

    This piece comes with a full, bound score and includes all individual parts available for printing on the included CD-Rom.

  • Specifications

    Name Big Country by Bela Fleck arr. Olin Johannessen
    Brand Tapspace
    Model # TSPCE-18
    UPC Code [Error processing dynamic tag getCurrentAttribute('item', 'upccode') : record invtpart 20679 not found]
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    Number of Orchestra Bells1
    Number of Crotales
    Number of Vibes2
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    Number of Xylophones1
    Number of Marimbas3
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    Includes Rhythm SectionYes
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    DifficultyMedium, Medium +
    Number of Performers8
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    Author/ComposerFleck, Bela
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    State ListTexas (Grade 1), Florida (Grade 5)
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