Mallet Ensembles

Per-Mus Publications has one of the largest selections of mallet ensemble music available from any publisher. Many of our arrangements and compositions can be effectively played with all marimbas or with mixed mallet instrument combinations. A number of the selections include optional bass marimba/string bass parts. Most of the arrangements scored by Ruth Jeanne are playable with two parts on one instrument. With varying levels of difficulty and flexibility of parts, Per-Mus Publication’s mallet ensemble publications are excellent choices for your performance and study needs.

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evel: E=easy ME=moderately easy M=moderate MD=moderately difficult D=difficult  

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ABOUT THE MAYPOLE - Morley/Tanner 5/6 M
ME-10001 (NY, WI)
$15.00 



AGNUS DEI - Palestrina/Moore 4 ME
ME-10002 (OH, NY, FL, VA)
$10.00 

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AIR FOR THE G STRING - Bach/Moore 4 M
ME-10003 (OH, NY, IN, WI)
$10.00 




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AIR FROM THE WATER MUSIC - Handel/Jeanne 4 ME

Quartet arrangement of one of Handel’s popular melodies that can be played on various groups of mallet instruments. Air can be performed on two marimbas with 2 players per instrument, one at least 2.5 octave and one 4 octave or any combinationof mallets and other C instruments. Air works well with a String Bass in place of the 4th mallet part.

ME-10004 (OH, NY, FL, VA)
$10.00 


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ALABAMA SLIDE - A Fox Trot – Charles L. Johnson/arr. Steven Mathiesen 4 M/D 
Johnson is one of the “Big Three of Ragtime Music” along with Joplin and Lamb.  This piece in the style of an 1800’s Fox Trot.  Another great arrangement from Steven Mathiesen.

Percusive Arts Society Review:

Not necessarily one of the more recognizable names, but certainly one of the more prolific composers of ragtime music, Charles L. Johnson’s “Alabama Slide” is arranged here by Steven Mathiesen for a new audience with a marimba band orchestration. Scored for xylophone, marimba quartet, and optional drumset, at first glance this looks familiar to the marimba ensemble treatment of rags by G.H. Green and others, but there are a few variances to note.

The xylophone part, unlike some of the Green rags, is much less virtuosic and extensively doubled by the first marimba. While a bit of chromaticism is to be expected, the accompanying marimba parts are also very accessible, featuring almost exclusively quarter-note rhythms with very few double-stops at a moderate foxtrot tempo throughout. Alternate parenthetical notes are provided for the lowest marimba part, facilitating performance on a low-F marimba if a 5-octave instrument isn’t available. The drumset part is sparsely notated for snare drum and bass drum voices (plus one indicated cymbal roll), requiring some attention to flesh out stylistically. The customary march form is observed with multiple statements of the primary and secondary stanzas followed by a trio and requisite key change. The primary stanza returns in the new key to conclude the work.

Directors looking to expose their ensemble to ragtime music, but without a confident xylophone soloist and with less independent ensemble players, may find this arrangement to be a suitable option.

—Josh Gottry 

ME-10118
$12.00


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ALBUM FOR THE YOUNG Op.39 - Tschaikovsky/Jeanne  5 M
Hobby Horse, In Church and Folksong.


ME-10005 (NY, TX, IN, WI)
$12.00 


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ALLEGRO from Quartet in C (KV157) - Mozart/Glassock 4 MD

ME-10010 (NY, IN, FL, VA)
$10.00 



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ALLEGRO (Mvt. 1) from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Mozart/Moore 4/5 MD

ME-10007 (OH, NY, IN, FL, WI)
$12.00 



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ALLEGRO from The Water Music - Handel/Moore 4 ME

ME-10011 (OH, NY, WI)
$10.00 



ALLEGRO ASSAI from Quartet in Eb (KV171) - Mozart/Glassock 4 MD

ME-10008 (IN, FL, VA)
$10.00 

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ALLEGRO from Concerto Grosso Op. 6 - Corelli/Jeanne 3 M

ME-10009 (OH, NY)
$8.00 



ALLEGRO - from Concerto Grosso in C - Handel/Janicki 6 MD
ME-10006 (IN)
$12.00 

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AMPARITO ROCA - Texidor/Jeanne 5/7 M

Includes optional percussion parts.

ME-10012 (NY, IN, WI)
$10.00 



ANDANTE from Quartet in C (KV157)
- Mozart/Glassock 4 MD

ME-10013 (NY, IN, FL, VA)
$10.00 

ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH - French Carol/Moore 4 ME

ME-10014
$8.00 

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ANGLAISE MELODY - L. Mozart/Parthun 5 ME
Jeffrey Parthun’s arrangement of a Leopold Mozart melody from “Notebook for Wolfgang”. Scored for bells, xylophone and 3 marimba. (Playable with all three marimba parts on one instrument)


ME-10016 (WI)
$10.00 

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ARABIAN DANCE from The Nutcracker - Tschaikovsky/Jeanne 5 M

Newly engraved. For 5 players but can be played on three instruments with Parts I and V and Parts II and IV sharing instruments.  Marimba I also doubles on tambourine.

ME-10015 (OH, IN)
$10.00 


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ARRIVAL OF THE QUEEN OF SHEBA from Solomon - Handel/Williams 4 MD

From Handel’s Oratorio “Solomon”. this brilliant arrangement for xylophone solo and marimba trio features a flashy, yet only moderately difficult solo xylophone part accompanied by three marimbas.

ME-10016
$12.00 


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AVE MARIA - Bach-Gounod/Jeanne 4 M


ME-10017 (OH, NY)
$10.00 


AVE VERUM - Mozart/Jeanne 4 ME

ME-10018 (FL, VA)
$10.00 


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Beethoven’s Bellmen - Jeffrey T. Parthun Sr. 3 E - Based on Ode to Joy with a surprise quote at the end, Beethoven's Bellmen is an excellent contest piece for beginning mallet players.  It is playable on any combination of keyboard instruments but works especially well with bell kits. 

ME-10114
$10.00 

BOURREE - Handel/Moore 4 ME

ME-10019 (OH, FL, VA, WI)
$10.00 

BOURREE from Partita No. 1 - Bach/Olmstead 4 MD

ME-10020 (OH)
$10.00 

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BRANDENBERG CONCERTO No. 2 (Mvt. 1) - Bach/Schaefer 5 MD

ME-10021 (IN)
$12.00 




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CAN CAN, THE - Offenbach/Jeanne 4 ME

ME-10022 (OH, NY, FL, VA, WI)
$10.00

 


CANZON PRIMA - Gabrielli/Schaefer 5 MD

ME-10023 (IN)
$9.00 

CANZONETTA - Mendelssohn/Jeanne 4 ME

ME-10024
$9.00 

CHOO, CHOO TRAIN, THE - Mexican Song/Jeanne 4/5 M

ME-10025
$8.00 

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CHRISTMAS CAROLS FOR Mallet Quartet - Arr. Ruth Jeanne 4 ME

These arrangements are playable by any combination of mallet instruments (i.e.marimbas, vibraphones, xylophones, orchestra bells, etc.).  Players I/III and II/IV may each share an instruments, making the quartets playable on two instruments. They are also playable by other combinations of concert (or like-pitched) instruments

Pat-a-Pan, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, Away in a Manger, Good King Wenceslas, The First Noe, O Come, All Ye Faithful, Joy To the World 
ME-10026
$19.95 


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CHRISTMAS SONGS FOR Mallet Quartet - Arr. James L. Moore 4ME
These arrangements are playable by any combination of mallet instruments (i.e.marimbas, vibraphones, xylophones, orchestra bells, etc.).  Players I/III and II/IV may each share an instruments, making the quartets playable on two instruments. They are also playable by other combinations of concert (or like-pitched) instruments. 

Deck the Halls, Jingle Bells, Ding Dong! Merrily On High, Go Tell It On The Mountain, Joy To The World, Good King Wenceslas, Jolly Old Saint Nicholas – Up On The Housetop, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, O’ Christmas Tree, Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming, The First Noel, What Child Is This? (Greensleeves), Echo Carol, We Three Kings Of Orient Are
ME-10027
$20.00 


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CIELITO LINDO - Mexican Song/Jeanne 3/4 ME 


ME-10028 (OH, NY, FL, WI)
$10.00 

CONCERTO IN D MAJOR (R.V. 93) - A. Vivaldi /arr. Steven Mathiesen 4/5MD

ME-10029 (NY)
$18.00 

CONSOLATION Op. 30 - Mendelssohn/Tanner 6 MD

ME-10030 (NY, IN)
$15.00 

DANSE - Debussy/Prince 6 MD

ME-10031 (IN)
$12.00 

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DAYBREAK - Stamp 4/5 M

Jack Stamp’s first published work. 
Jack celebrated 50 years as a composer and musician in 2015.


ME-10032 (OH, NY, WI)
$10.00 


DEEP RIVER - Spiritual/Moore 4/5 ME
ME-10033 (OH, NY)

$10.00 


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DONA NOBIS PACEM (Give Us Peace) - arr. James L. Moore 5 ME


ME-10034 (NY)
$8.00 


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DOUBLE CONCERTO IN D MINOR - Bach/Houllif 4 MD



ME-10035 (IN)
$8.00 


EARLE OF OXFORD’S MARCH - Byrd/Mathiesen 4 M

ME-10036 (NY)
$10.00 


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EIGHT EASY MALLET QUARTETS  - arr. Ruth Jeanne 4 ME
Any combination of mallet instruments may be used to perform these arrangements
of well known classical and folk melodies. Ideal material for mallet ensembles
just starting out.

ME-10037 (OH, NY)
$20.00 



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ENCHANTED CIRCUS - Tignor 4 MD Scott Tignor’s enchanted Circus was premiered at the 1996 MENC Conference in Kansas City and was selected for performance on the conference’s New Music Recital. Scored for 4 marimbas but can be played on two instruments, four players.

ME-10038 (OH, IN, FL)
$15.00 



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ENTERTAINER RAG, THE - Joplin/Moore 4 M - A classic arrangement.


ME-10039 (OH, IN, WI)
$10.00 


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ESPANI CANI (España Cani) - Marquina/Jeanne 4 M
Can also be played with mixed ensemble of guitar,
string bass and mallet instruments.


ME-10040 (OH, FL, VA, WI)
$10.00 

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EVENING PRAYER - Humperdinck/Moore 4 M

Excellent first contest piece. Playable on any four mallet instruments.
Great for 
developing legato rolls and phrasing with begining and intermediate players.

ME-10041 (OH, NY, FL, VA)
$10.00 


EXULTATE DEO - Palestrina/Tanner 5/6 MD

ME-10042 (IN)
$15.00 

FARANDOLE from L’Arlesienne - Bizet/Jeanne 5M D
Video below from 
Dixie State College Percussion Ensemble
Glenn Webb, Director

ME-10043 (OH, NY, IN, FL, VA)
$10.00 


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FINALE from Quartet in F Major - Dvorak/Moore 4 MD

New edition. Re-engraved.  
A challenging quartet.

ME-10044 (NY, IN, FL)
$15.00 


FINALE from Symphony No. 4 - Tschaikovsky/Siatis 6/10 D

ME-10045
$20.00 

FOUR HYMNS for Mallet Quartet - Arr. James L. Moore 4 ME
A Mighty Fortress is Our God, Ode to Joy, Eternal Fater, and God of Our Fathers. Scored for any four mallet instruments or three mallet instruments and acoustic or electric bass on the fourth part.

ME-10046
$12.00 

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FUGUE IN A MAJOR - Bach/Houllif 4 MD

ME-10047 (NY, IN, FL)
$12.00 



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FUGUE IN C MINOR from WTC - Bach/Moore 3M

ME-10048 (OH, NY, IN, FL, WI)
$10.00 



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GALLOPING COMEDIANS, THE - Kabalevsky/Jeanne 4M

ME-10049 (NY, FL, WI)
$10.00 




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GOPAK - Moussorgsky /Moore 4/5 MD

ME-10050 (IN, WI)
$10.00 




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GRAY FOX, THE - Ryan E. Garner / 5 /MD

Gray Fox Rag adds Ryan's own flavor to the genre of ragtime. However; like the gray fox itself, the piece is not what it seems. The piece explores some odd phrases of seven bars as well as a total of five different tonic areas, much more than the ragtime standard of two. This piece also begins and concludes in a minor key which is also unusual for its ragtime counterparts. Just like the piece, a gray fox is also not what it seems like either. A gray fox boasts a mostly red coat of fur despite its name suggesting otherwise. Seeing the similarities of the two, I decided to name one contradiction after the other: the Gray Fox Rag.

ME-10123
$12.00 

Percussive Arts Society Review:

“Gray Fox Rag” is a refreshing take on the xylophone rag with a forebod-
ing C-minor melody that ties togeth- er several other distinct melodies. Composer Ryan Garner intentionally set out to break the standard format of the xylophone rag, including unique features such as seven-measure phrases, five different tonal centers, and bookending the piece in minor keys. Otherwise, this rag contains many elements you

would expect: an allegro tempo, a short dead-stroke section in the middle, and
orchestration with the xylophone soloist accompanied by a marimba quartet. The composer includes alternate break suggestions for the C-minor and G-major sections and indicates that improvisation is acceptable when desired.

The ensemble parts can all be played with two mallets, with bass-clef reading required only in marimba three and four. And, though the piece predominantly features the xylophone soloist, there is
a short section in the middle that show- cases the melodic lines in the marimba ensemble. A high school ensemble can easily play “Gray Fox Rag,” featuring a stronger two-mallet player as soloist.

—Julie Licata 


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HANDELING HANDEL– Arranged by James L. Moore 3/4 MD

This arrangement is for Marimba Trio (or other mallet instrument combinations such as- xylophone, vibraphone, and marimba). The arrangement features two of Handel’s well known melodies and an even better known surprise introduction and ending!

ME-10051 (NY, FL)
$15.00 


HE SHALL FEED HIS FLOCK - Handel/Jeanne 4 M

ME-10052
$9.00 


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THE “HUMMING CHORUS” from MADAMA BUTTERFLY - G. Puccini/arr. Ruth Jeanne 4/5 M

This arrangement was one of Ruth Jeanne’s favorites. The staccato (dead stroke technique) in the inner parts contrasts beautifully with the lyric melody in the upper and lower parts.

ME-10103
$15.00 


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HUNGARIAN DANCE No. 5 - Brahms/Houllif 4 M

ME-10053 (OH, NY, IN, WI)
$10.00 



HYMNS FOR MARIMBA QUARTET - arr. Ruth Jeanne 4M
16 of the world’s best known hymns in four part arrangements, playable on any combination of mallet instruments. Also can be performed as duets by more advanced players.

ME-10054
$15.00 

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ICE CREAM SUITE RAG, THE - Dauwalder-Dachtyl 4 M
Charming ragtime quartet. A real showstopper. Checkout the japanese school group performing the rag on one 5 octave instrument. (Originally arranged for four mallet instruments)

ME-10056 (IN)
$12.00 


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JESU, JOY OF MAN’S DESIRING - Bach/Gaetano 6/7 MD



ME-10057 (WI)
$10.00 


JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN TODAY - arr. Moore 4/5 M

ME-10058
$12.00 

JOY TO THE WORLD – arr. Aaron Turner  2-5 M
Vibraphone or Flute Solo with Marimba Accompaniment (1, 2, 3, or 4 player performance options
of the marimba part) – this classic carol by George F. Handel will enhance any Holiday presentation.

ME-10059
$12.00 

KANON IN D - Pachelbel/Gaetano 7/8 MD

This baroque classic has become one of the most played pices of music at American weddings. Thanks to Thomas Frierich and Kisspercussiva for the performance.

ME-10060
$10.00 


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KENTUCKY ROSEWOOD - Houllif 3/4 MD

Murray Houllif sent this link as a good example of Kentucky Rosewood. The piece can be performed as a trio with the bass and chordal acc. parts played by one four mallet performer.

ME-10061 (NY)
$12.00 


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LA CUMPARSITA - Rodriquez/Jeanne 4 ME


ME-10062 (NY, VA)
$10.00 



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LA FILLE AUX CHEVEAUX DE LIN - Debussy/Barton 5/6 M
(The Girl with the Flaxen Hair)
Video below by the Concordia Percussion Ensemble, Dr. David P. Eyler.  Thanks Dave.


ME-10063 (NY, IN, VA)
$10.00 

LA LLORONA - Mexican Song/Jeanne 4 M

ME-10064 (NY)
$10.00 

LA REJOUISSANCE - Handel/Moore 4 M

ME-10065
$10.00 

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LA SPAGNOLA - Chiara/Jeanne 3/4 ME - This well known Latin American favorite arranged for mallet quartet or trio.  Parts 3 and 4 can be played by one player with 3 mallet proficiancy.  There is also an optional part that will allow an elementary player to join in the ensemble.

ME-10066 (OH,NY, FL, WI)
$10.00 


LAST SPRING, THE -Grieg/Mathiesen 4 MD

ME-10067 (NY)
$10.00 

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LITTLE FUGUE IN G MINOR - Bach/Moore 4 MD



ME-10068 (OH, NY, IN, VA, WI)
$10.00 



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MAPLE LEAF RAG - Joplin/Houllif 4MD
Scott Joplin classic rag for marimba trio with drumset part.
Recording below courtesy “Ambira”


ME-10069 (NY, IN, WI)
$10.00 

MARIMBA - Lara/Jeanne 4 ME

ME-10070 (OH, NY, FL)
$10.00 

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MarimBrahms – Brahms/Parthun 3ME
This Grade 2-3 mallet trio can be played on one marimba (or separate instruments), and is excellent for introducing developing players to themes from several of Brahms’ best known works.
Recording by Jeff Partun, Matt Finger and Jeremiah Boes.

ME-10071
$10.00 

MEDLEY OF HYMNS - arr. Gaetano 8 MD

ME-10072
$18.00 

THE MERRY WIDOW GOES SKATING - Lehar;Waldteufel arr.Jeanne 4/3/2 ME

ME-10104
$10.00

METRONOME, THE from Sym. No. 8 - Beethoven/Jeanne 5 MD

ME-10073 (IN)
$10.00 

MIACAELA’S ARIA from Carmen - Bizet/Janicki 6 MD

ME-10074 (NY, IN)
$15.00 

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MILL, THE from Quartet in Gm - Raff/Jeanne 4 M
Mallet quartet with optional Double Bass part.
Arrangement of popular string quartet piece.

ME-10075 (NY, IN)
$10.00 


MOMENT MUSICAL - Schubert/Jeanne 4 ME

ME-10076 (OH, NY, FL, VA)
$9.00 

MOMENTO CAPRICCIOSO Op. 12 - Weber/Tanner 6 D

ME-10077
$15.00 

MORESQUE - Granados/Tanner 7 MD

ME-10078 (NY, IN, FL)
$15.00 

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MORNING HAS BROKEN - arr. James Leaman (score & parts) 4-5 M
Fine arrangement of the Traditional Celtic Hymn.


ME-10079
$15.00 


MUSIC BOX, THE Op. 32 - Liadow/O’Fallon 5 M

ME-10080 (VA)
$9.00 

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O’SACRED HEAD - Bach/Moore 4 ME

ME-10081 (OH, NY, IN, FL, VA)
$8.00 



OCTAPHONICS - Houllif 8 MD

ME-10082 (IN)
$15.00 

OCTET FOR MALLET INSTRUMENTS - Morris 8 D
4 marimbas, and one each - xylophone, vibraphone, orchestra bells, & chimes.
A Percussive Arts Society composition contest winning ensemble

ME-10083 (NY, MD)
$15.00 


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PAQUITA - Mexican Song/Jeanne 4/5 M

ME-10084 (OH, IN)
$9.00 



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PRELUDE Op. 28, No. 4 - Chopin/Jeanne 5 M

ME-10085 (OH,NY, IN)
$10.00 



PRESTO from Concerto Summer Op. 8,#2 - Vivaldi/Williams 4 MD

ME-10086 (FL)
$15.00 

PRESTO from Quartet Op. 74,#2 - Haydn/Jeanne 4 E

ME-10087
$12.00 

QUARTET No. 1 Op. 18 (1st mvt.) - Beethoven/Houllif 4 D

ME-10088
$10.00 

RONDO (mvt. 4) from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Mozart/Janicki 4 MD

ME-10089 (IN)
$12.00

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RONDO ALA TURK - Mozart/Moore 4 MD

Popular arrangement of a familiar Mozart melody. 
Arranged for 4 mallet instruments with an optional Double Bass part.


ME-10090 (OH, NY, IN)
$12.00 


RONDO from Quartet in Bb (KV159) - Mozart/Glassock 4 M

ME-10091 (IN, FL, VA)
$10.00 

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RONDO from Quartet Op. 33,#3  - Haydn/Jeanne 4 M
Ruth Jeanne’s arrangement of the Rondo Movement of Haydn’s string quartet. Medium diffioculty but a challenging work and very rewarding.  On several state contest lists.



ME-10092 (OH, NY, IN, FL, VA)
$10.00


ROSAMUNDE - Ballet No. 2 - F. Schubert /arr. Ruth Jeanne 8 D
This sprightly movement by Schubert is ideally suited for the sonority of the marimba ensemble,
this arrangement should be widely played and enjoyed by players and listeners.
 

ME-10093 (FL)
$15.00 

SCHERZINO OP. 18, NO. 2 - Moszkowski/Tanner 6 MD

ME-10094 (OH, NY, IN, FL)
$15.00 

SCHERZO from A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Mendelssohn/Broadhurst 7 MD

ME-10095 (OH, FL)
$18.00 

SILENT NIGHT - Gruber/Eyler 4 ME

ME-10096
$9.00 

THE SLEIGH: A la Russe – Richard Kountz/arr. Ruth Jeanne/James L. Moore 4/5 M 
Scored for a marimba ensemble of 4 or 5 players (part 5 is optional - bass marimba or string bass instrument). A delightful number for a Holiday concert or any occasion. 

ME-10105
$15.00

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SOLACE: A Mexican Serenade – Scott Joplin/arr. Steven Mathiesen 4 M/D 
Scott Joplin’s classic “Mexican Serenade”.  This piece in the style of an 1800’s Habanera was used in the movie classic “The Sting”, although this arrangement uses the entire piece instead of just the last section. Another great arrangement from Steven Mathiesen.

Percussive Art Society Review:

This is a lovely arrangement of an already beautiful piece. It was originally written in 1909 as a slow rag, and Steven Mathiesen has done an exemplary job of arranging it for marimba quartet.

The form is very characteristic of ragtime music with a six-part (Introduction, A, B, A, C, Coda) structure. The marimba one and two parts spend most of the piece in harmony with each other, with the first part handling the require intermediate technique. There is also space available for the performers to make a lot of musical decisions, especially at the ends of phrases.

“Solace” would be a lovely edition to an advanced high school percussion ensemble or college freshman quartet’s program, especially for students who are looking to further their mallet reading skills. The music is lovely and would be welcomed by any audience.
—Joe Millea 

ME-10117
$12.00

SONATA ICO - Adams 4/5 M

ME-10097 (NY, IN)
$15.00 

SPANISH DANCES - Granados – arr. Don Larsen

The set of “Danzas Espanolas” was composed by Enrique Granados between 1892 and 1900. They are among his earliest works. Inspiration for these arrangements came from hearing a LA Guitar Quartet performance on the radio of the “Villanesca”. I immediately heard the possibilities for an arrangement for mallet ensemble. Alicia De Laroccha’s superb piano performances on CD also inspired me to arrange the “Jota” and “Oriental”. My thanks to my friends and colleagues, members of the Ambira Mallet Ensemble, Murray Houllif, Alec Massaro, Ross Burwasser and Greg Charnon for bringing these arrangements to life.

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VILLANESCA - Granados/Larsen 4 M/D

Mallet Quartet scored for 3 Marimbas and vibraphone.

Recording below courtesy Ambira Mallet Ensemble.

ME-10120
$16.00 

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ORIENTAL - Granados/Larsen 3 M/D

Mallet Trio scored for 3 Marimbas.

Recording below courtesy Ambira Mallet Ensemble.

ME-10121
$12.00 

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JOTA (RONDALLA ARGONESA) - Granados/Larsen 4 M/D

Mallet Quartet scored for 3 Marimbas and vibraphone.

Recording below courtesy Ambira Mallet Ensemble.

ME-10122
$16.00 

Percussive Arts Society Reviews:

Oriental - There are 12 works in the “Spanish Dance” (Danzas Españolas) collection by Enrique Granados, composed for piano in 1890. “Oriental” (orientale) is a som- ber waltz, written in C minor throughout and lasting a little over four minutes. The homophonic texture persists through the formal structure, a ternary form consist- ing of an A section in 3/4, a contrasting B section in 6/8, and a recapitulation of the A section in its entirety.

Granados’s work lays nicely on ma- rimba. The three marimba parts rarely cross voices; however, there are leaps and occasional voice crossing that would lim- it the performance from using one ma- rimba, but you could easily perform the piece on two marimbas. The Marimba 1 part presents the most melodic challeng- es, as it contains multiple ledger lines and solo moments throughout the piece. The Marimba 2 part often doubles the more rhythmically simple ideas of Marimba
1 or 3, and the Marimba 3 part provides the bass motion and calls for four mallets in the B section. Although written for a 5-octave marimba, the part offers sugges- tions of transpositions to accommodate a 4.3-octave instrument.

Larson’s arrangement is a very accu-rate representation of the original score. With the addition of rolls, the marim- bists can sustain lyrical lines in the melody. Due to the nature of the instru- ment, these rolls must be played careful- ly to capture the essence of the original work. The piano solo allows for an eerie wash of sounds with the pedal, and that can be very difficult to reproduce on a marimba. Overall, Larson’s arrangement of “Oriental” is a tender piece appro- priate for high school or undergraduate students looking for a mid-concert work that will not put their audience to sleep, or those looking for an opportunity to showcase a member of their trio.

—Matthew Geiger 

Jota - Don Larsen’s arrangement of “Jota”is a simple, straight-forward piece for intermediate mallet quartet. Staying true to the original composition, this arrangement breaks up the piano part into four players. With the exception of Player 2, all parts only require two mallets, and each voice stays in a centralrange on the instrument that keeps theparts easily readable and playable.

The challenge with this arrangement is the quick tempo and the long accelerando that encompasses the first half ofthe piece. A developed sense of chamber music skills, musicality, and pacing will be needed to make sure this opening is musically effective. The second half of the piece is a long chorale, giving players the opportunity to work on their rolls, lyrical playing, and cohesion as an ensemble. “Jota” would be appropriate for an intermediate high school percus- sion ensemble, making it an excellent showcase piece for the percussionists in a general band concert or as an opener on a percussion ensemble concert.

—Justin Alexander 

Villenesca- If you are looking for a nice selection for your high school or young college ensemble with which to teach ensemble skills, playing together, and taking cues from one another, this is a piece for you. The scoring is very simple and, although it was originally scored for piano, the mallet percussion instruments serve as an excellent substitute that gives the music a bit more of a Spanish flare, reminiscent of the title.

I would have liked to see more of an arrangement with this piece. In the world of percussion, multiple instruments come to mind when the word “Spanish” is in the title. Using some of these instruments to create an underlying texture that is somewhat different from the original would have had a profound effect on the overall outcome. This seems very close, if not identical, to the original piano work, so I would tend to call this more of a transcription than an arrangement. As far as some of the particular voicings, using a glockenspiel instead of the vibraphone in the A sections and returning to the vibraphone in the more tranquil B section would have given the top of the voicing a bit more shimmer.

The score and parts are all very clear and, in fact, the parts are in a larger font so that they are easier to see from a music stand. The price point for this ensemble is right on target, and this would be a welcome addition to any educator’s library. Larsen’s transcription is an effective piece that could be consolidated to two marimbas (Parts 2 and 3) if a third were not available.

—Marcus D. Reddick 

STACCATO ETUDE - Rubenstein/Jeanne 6 D

ME-10098 (NY)
$8.00 

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STARS & STRIPES FOREVER, THE - Sousa/Leamon 5/7 MD

ME-10100 (OH, NY, IN, FL, WI)
$15.00 



STAR SPANGLED BANNER, THE - Key/Moore 5/7 M

ME-10099
$10.00 

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STOPTIME RAG - Joplin/Burkett 3 MD

ME-10101 (NY, IN, FL)
$10.00 



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Summer Shuffle - Ryan Garner

An original rag arranged for solo xylophone, 4 marimba parts and optional string bass and percussion parts. Summer Shuffle is also contained in Ryan’s book - Ragtime Solos for Xylophone with piano accompaniment also available from Per-Mus. Marimba parts will fit two per instrument. See video above.

ME-10129
 
$12.00



SYMPHONY No. 94 (1st Mvt.)
- Haydn/Schaefer 4/5MD

ME-10102
$12.00 

TOAST TO THE NEW YEAR, A - Gioacchino Rossini/Parthun 4/5MD
This Grade 4 mallet ensemble for 4 or 5 players (marimbas, with optional xylophone part) captures the tuneful melodies of the Italian master composer. Moderately advanced mallet ensembles will find this arrangement very rewarding to play.

ME-10106 (IN)
$18.00 

Recording courtesy Kansas State University Percussion Ensemble

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TOCCATA & FUGUE IN D MINOR - J. S. Bach/Moore & Berry 4/5 D
Great for openning concerts, especially Halloween!


ME-10107 (OH, NY, IN, FL)
$20.00 


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TRIO SONATA (LONDON - No. 1) - Haydn/Moore 3 MD
Three movement trio. Can be used for any three mallet instruments.
ME-10108 
(OH, NY, IN, FL)
$10.00 




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TWO CHRISTMAS LULLABIES - arr. Musselman 4/5M

The French Carol “Sleep of the Infant Jesus” and the Polish Carol “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly arranged for Glock, Vibes and Marimba with timpani, and optional Bass Marimba or Cello/Double Bass. Can be performed as separate pieces or as a two song feature.

ME-10109
$15.00 


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TWO SONGS OF CHRISTMAS - arr. Moore 5 M

O, Holy Night & Christmas Bells (Ukrainian Carol) arranged for orchestra bells, chimes, vibraphone, and 2 marimbas (playable on one marimba).
ME-10110
$10.00 



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VARIANTS of SEVEN, a marimba trio - Zachary M. Koors 3 MD
Contemporary trio for marimbas. Begins in 7 with a minimalist rhythmic style and develops nicely through a 4/4 section. Chosen for 2014 Mallet Reading Session at PASIC 2014 by Gordon Stout. Click on the You Tube logo to see a performance on our channel.

ME-10115 (TX)
$18.00 

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VARIAZIONI from Capriccio Espagnol - Rimsky Korsakoff/Janicki 6 MD
ME-10111 (IN)
$12.00 

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VENICE WINTER from “The Four Seasons" - A. Vivaldi/Parthun 7-12 E/M
Mallet Ensemble for 7-12 players with optional timpani and string bass parts. Performance notes indicate options in instrumentation with several alternate combined parts. 
ME-10119
$18.00 


The Performance below is from 2016 New Years show of KissPercussiva and is used as accomaniment to a Circus Luna.


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WATER MUSIC SUITE - Handel/Moore 6 M


ME-10112 (NY, FL, WI)
$12.00 


YOBEL - Ayers 8 MD
ME-10113 (OH)
$12.00 

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