Of Hanukkah (percussion ensemble)

Of Hanukkah arranged for percussion ensemble
Publisher: C. Alan Publications (2010)
Composed: 2009
Duration: 5’15”
Difficulty: Medium
Instrumentation (10 players): bells, chimes, xylophone, vibraphone, 4.0-octave marimba, 4.3-octave marimba, timpani (4), temple blocks, suspended cymbal, crash cymbals, tambourine, triangle, snare drum

Of Hanukkah was arranged at the request of a family friend and former private student and in cooperation with the Corona del Sol High School Percussion Ensemble program. The intent was to create an exciting percussion ensemble work which incorporated the games, music, and spirit of the Hanukkah celebration. Gradually weaving between four pieces – S’vivon, O Hanukkah, Maoz Tzur, and Mi Y’malel – this arrangement features several high-energy moments as well as a beautiful chorale and a brief playful canon. Scored for ten players, this piece would be an excellent addition for any high school or college percussion ensemble holiday performance. It is also available for keyboard percussion quartet.

For percussion ensembles giving seasonal or holiday-themed concerts, Josh Gottry’s arrangement of four pieces “S’vivon,” “O Hanukkah,” “Maoz Tzur,” and “Mi Y’malel,” will be a welcome nod to diversity. All clichés aside, the audience favorite will probably be the tambourine player! – William Moersch
Printed by permission of the Percussive Arts Society, inc.