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General Info

Year of Composed: 2020
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Series: The IGNITE Series
Duration: 00:03:00
Difficulty: Elementary
Commissioner: Hawaii Youth Percussion Ensemble, Caden Hong
Cost: $32.00


Player 1: Glockenspiel
Player 2: Xylophone
Player 3: Marimba 1
Player 4: Marimba 2
Player 5: 3 Timpani
Player 6: Triangle & Snare Drum
Player 7: Suspended Cymbal & 2 Concert Tom-toms
Player 8: Concert Bass Drum & Shaker & Tambourine

Program Notes

StarDancer is dedicated to & inspired by my 3-year-old daughter, Penelope, as she has started expressing greater interest in the moon and the stars. Nothing gets her out of bed faster in the early morning than asking if she wants to go look at the stars before the sun comes up. She also has a great affinity for dancing to anything that moves her. This usually means there are drums & hand-clapping involved. From the opening measures of the piece, sparkling sounds permeate the ensemble with high glockenspiel, xylophone, triangle, and suspended cymbal. As it evolves, the piece alternates between light-hearted, spinning dances and more raucous, foot-stomping dances. I just kept asking myself, “What would Penelope like to hear?”

Performance Notes

The piece may be performed with as few as 5 players (Glockenspiel & Xylophone & the 3 Percussion parts). If you add a 6th player, add Timpani first. If you have even more players, add Marimba 2, then Marimba 1, and then you can experiment with doubling the Glockenspiel and Xylophone with Vibraphone and Marimba, respectively. Additionally, the three percussion parts are written so they are each playable by one person or they may be split into two players each.

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