In The Sky

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Patrick Speranza

General Info

Year of Published: 2020
Publisher: Tapspace
Difficulty: Intermediate
Duration: 00:02:30
Cost: $38.00


Player 1: Glockenspiel
Player 2: Xylophone
Player 3: Vibraphone
Player 4: Marimba
Player 5: Marimba
Player 6: Timpani
Player 7: Snare Drum & Woodblock & Hi Hat & Hand Cymbals
Player 8: Triangle & Splash Cymbal & Suspended Cymbal (Shared)
Player 9: 3 Concert Tom tom & Mark Tree & Ride Cymbal & Suspended Cymbal (Shared)
Player 10: Suspended Cymbal & Bass Drum


The title of Patrick Speranza’s percussion ensemble piece In the Sky is taken from the famous lyric, “like a diamond in the sky” from the children’s song Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. The use of metallic instruments throughout is meant to conjure the image of bright, shining stars. Intended for middle school and high school ensembles, the parts are written at varying skill levels to involve players of differing experience, and requires a conservative instrumentation. If desired, the vibraphone and marimba parts, can be doubled to accommodate larger ensembles. This piece was commissioned by Colby Snider for the Memphis Youth Percussion Collective.

Works for Percussion by this Composer

Avalanche Lake - Percussion 13
Freerider - Percussion 10
Riptide - Marimba; Percussion 10
In The Sky - Percussion 10