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Michael Varner Music 2013

 

Title

Description

Grade

# Players

Price

Snare Drum

  Winds of Change

Advanced Concert Snare solo featuring every imaginable sonic possibility

 

Grade 5   $11.00
  Firestorm

Very advanced snare drum solo taking the marching idiom to new dimensions

 

Grade 5   $11.00
  Counterpane II

Advanced PASIC style snare drum solo that incorporates the latest rudiments and concepts.  Counterpane II highlights both the visual and the excitement of marching percussion! 

 

 Grade 5    $9.50
  Challenging Horizons Snare drum collection of 11 solos progressing from intermediate to advanced featuring the latest techniques combined with good musical phrasing. 
(TEXAS UIL SOLO LIST, CLASS 1) 

....."as much fun to hear as they are to perform!"

 

 Grade 3-5 $12.00

Multiple Percussion

  Bamboo Dragon Challenging multiple percussion solo for concert toms, Bass drum, temple gongs, and wood block.  Wide variety of colors, featuring sections requiring hand independence.
(TEXAS UIL SOLO LIST, CLASS 1) 

...."the sounds of the orient!"

 

Grade 5 $14.00

Percussion Ensemble with soloist

  Journey to Beyond

Written to spotlight the ultimate percussionist who is required to demonstrate fluency on Multiple Percussion, Classical Tambourine, African Djembe and Modern Marching Quint-Toms.

 

  5 + soloist $45.00
 

Celestial Elements"

for 7 Percussionists and Snare Drum Soloist

Written to spotlight the snare drum, each movement gives the listener a different view of musical and tonal capabilities.  The movements can be performed separately.  "The best vehicle for showcasing the snare drums sound and color that I have ever experienced."   Richard MacDonald, Director of Percussion Studies, Winona State University, Minnesota 7 + soloist
 
1. Earth

Reflects the orchestral role and sound of the snare drum. 
(TEXAS UIL ENSEMBLE LIST, CLASS 1) 

 

Grade 4 $20.00
 
2. Wind

Highlights the sound color aspects of the snare drum. 
(TEXAS UIL ENSEMBLE LIST, CLASS 1) 

 

Grade 5+ $20.00
 
3. Fire

The brash contemporary  "outdoor" character of the snare drum. 
(TEXAS UIL ENSEMBLE LIST, CLASS 1) 

 

Grade 5+ $20.00

Percussion Ensemble

 

Kingdom Five Departed

 

“A Rhythm Poem” based on a fantasy tale written in Percussion sounds, featuring only Membranophones and Accessories in a Semi-classical vein   9 players $45.00
 

Arabian Sketches 

Arabian Sketches is based on dances and rhythms from the Mid-east.  The composition for western percussion instruments  features the "Doumbek" which is a goblet shaped hand drum. Mid-eastern "Zil" and "Riq" can be substituted for the Finger cymbals and tambourine if desired for a more authentic effect, or strictly western instruments can be used. "Arabian Sketches" captures the "aura" of the fabled Mid-east described in novels and legends.

 

 Grade 5 8  players $45.00
  Tala 

Tala allows performers and audience to experience some of the unique aspects of Classical Indian music.   Based on a rhythmic pattern of twelve beats it is divided into groupings of 5 and 7 subdivided into 2-3-2-2-3.  Written for strictly western instruments, Tala challenges the ensemble to rhythmic precision and ensemble awareness offering a small taste of the relentless energy of Indian music! 

 

Grade 5 7 players $45.00
  Phantasm III 

Phantasm III is an imaginary  "movie sound track"  featuring the widest possible variety of intriguing sounds and colors.  From its first moment with all performers exploring every imaginable possibility for suspended cymbal through a finale of spatial sixteenth notes Phantasm III drives forward with relentless energy. 

Close your eyes and picture the scenes!

 

Grade 5 7 players $45.00
  Sorcery!

Orchestral style ensemble with 20th century harmony, and a driving timpani ostinato. 
(TEXAS UIL ENSEMBLE LIST, CLASS 1) 

 

Grade 5 12 players $40.00
  Mushroom Soup 

A flashy fusion composition featuring bass and drumset with contrasting musical sections. 
(TEXAS UIL ENSEMBLE LIST, CLASS 1) 

 

Grade 5 11 players
bass and drumset 
$40.00
  Soul of the New Machine  A contemporary ensemble for a  younger group, that features a wide range of colors and textures. 
(TEXAS UIL ENSEMBLE LIST, CLASS 1) 
 Grade 3-4 7 players $30.00

 
Available through your local music store or direct from:

Michael Varner Music
University of Texas at Arlington
Music Department PO 19105
Arlington, TX 76019 

Email: MVarner@UTA.edu **prices subject to change** 817-272-3434 Fax