Pliplets for percussion ensemble
Publisher: C. Alan Publications (2016)
Composed: 2016
Duration: 3’15”
Difficulty: Medium-Easy
Instrumentation (7-12 players): bells, optional xylophone, cowbell, wood block, tambourine, snare drum, ride cymbal, china cymbal, cabasa, low drum, bongos, timpani (29″,26″)

Pliplets is a word that originated as an accidental amalgamation of two words in my effort to say “playing triplets” in a rehearsal. As such, in this composition there are triplet figures sprinkled around multiple parts and, with the exception of a slower phrase in 4/4, the work is set in a triple meter. Pliplets was composed for the Chandler Preparatory Academy percussion ensemble and premiered at the AZPAS 2016 Spring Days of Percussion. The piece can be played with as few as seven or as many as twelve or more percussionists.

… a clever piece that has been stuck in my head since the first listening … each part connects to another to form larger phrases … percussion parts are written conversationally and melodically … perfect for a young percussion ensemble looking for a piece that goes beyond simple rhythms and repetitions. – Matthew Geiger
Printed by permission of the Percussive Arts Society, inc.