Fantasia for Bar Percussion Instruments

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Dan Heslink

General Info

Year: 1993
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Honeyrock
Cost: Score and Parts - $32.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Player I - XIII: marimbas(5), vibraphones(2), orchestra bells, xylophone

Program Notes


Second-place winner of the 1993 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest, "Fantasia for Bar Percussion" is a mallet ensemble for eight players utilizing bells, xylophone, two vibraphones and five marimbas (four 4-octave instruments and one 4 1/3-octave instrument). Heslink's work has been described as "a contemporary yet lyrical work displaying rapid and intricate passagework between various voices." The piece fits the definition of a "fantasia" of the 16th and 17th centuries through the use of contrapuntal devices. Heslink begins with a basic thematic motive and develops it throughout, employing such techniques as augmentation, inversion and "canonic-like" episodes. He includes rhythmic counter-lines, especially in marimba parts 1 through 4, and various tempo changes to enhance thematic development. Precision between parts must be addressed during rehearsals in order for a well-executed performance. Additionally, performers need to be comfortable with mixed-meter sections. Both vibraphone parts employ three mallets; all other parts utilize two-mallet technique. One of the vibraphone performers plays orchestra bells as well. - Lisa Rogers, April 1998 [1]



Second-place winner of the 1993 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest

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Works for Percussion by this Composer

Ancient Visions - Percussion Sextet
Fantasia for Bar Percussion Instruments - Percussion Octet
Five Hymns for Marimba - Marimba
The Parables - Percussion Duo; Narrator
Theme and Variations for Snare Drum - Snare Drum
Variations on Amazing Grace - Marimba

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