"Suite Pepper" is a collection of solos for the four-mallet marimbist. Each piece addresses a particular stroke type in isolation. The solos can be learned in a sequential manner from the first to the last as intended, or in any order that the marimba player may desire. A marimbist may choose to only work on selected movements to enhance specific techniques. "Suite Pepper" is an excellent collection for anyone learning four- mallet technique.
Difficulty: Medium Easy to Medium
Duration ca. 20:00
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Suite Pepper is a collection of solos for the four-mallet marimbist. Each piece addresses a particular stroke type in isolation. The solos can be learned in a sequential manner from the first to the last as intended, or in any order that the marimba player may desire. A marimbist may choose to only work on selected movements to enhance specific techniques. "Suite Pepper" is an excellent collection for anyone learning four- mallet technique.
The solos, played in order, address the following stroke types respectively:
1. Double Vertical Stroke (parallel placement, mostly consistent interval)
2. Double Vertical Stroke (parallel placement, changing intervals)
3. Double Vertical Stroke (variable placement)
4. Double Vertical Stroke (chorale style)
5. Single Independent Stroke
6. Single Alternating Stroke
7. Double Lateral Stroke
8. Triple Lateral Stroke
9. One-Handed Roll
Suite Pepper is dedicated to Lisa Rogers and my dear friend, Mike Perez. Over a decade ago, Perez suggested I write a series of marimba solos for students that would be accessible to the ear and enjoyable to play. Inspired by that charge and by my study of marimba pedagogy with Lisa Rogers, I decided to compose this collection. It is meant to serve as a musical companion to an article that I wrote on four-mallet marimba pedagogy for School Band and Orchestra magazine (November 2007). Although a number of good student works for four-mallet marimba have been written in recent years, these pieces are unique in that they address only one motion, or stroke type at a time. As a percussion educator, I felt the need for a collection of this nature to enhance my students’ technical advancement in an enjoyable and musical way. The range required for the performance of these pieces is only that of a 4-octave marimba, which allows most every student percussionist with access to a marimba the opportunity to play them.
About the Peppers...
While composing the pieces for this book, I read an article in the Smithsonian about various peppers from around the world. Since a couple of the solos I had already written for this collection were ‘south of the border’ in style, I thought it might be fun to name each piece after a particular type of pepper. Thus, the idea for Suite Pepper was planted. Many peppers grow well in Latin America, so some of these pieces are infused with a Latin American flavor. ‘Scotch Bonnet’ is a somber chorale that invokes a European tradition, although the actual pepper grows in the Caribbean. The naga jolokia pepper is from India, thus, Solo 5 utilizes a drone and odd time signatures. The final solo is based on a ground bass motif so I couldn’t resist ‘Ground Pepper.’
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
After growing up in South Dakota, Brett Jones attended the University of Colorado where he earned a degree in Music Education. He continued his studies at Texas Tech University where he earned both a Master of Music degree, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance. His primary instructors include Alan Shinn, Lisa Rogers, Doug Walter, Don N. Parker, John R. Beck, and Gene Holter. Jones served on the faculty of Texas Tech University from 2003-2004, and Blinn College from 2004-2007. He has regularly performed in the percussion sections of the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra, the Boulder Philharmonic, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, and the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. Jones also served as the Principal Percussionist of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra from 2006-2007. He performs regularly with the Duluth Playhouse and as a member of the newly formed Percussion Duo North.
His publications include articles in Percussive Notes, The Instrumentalist, and School Band and Orchestra Magazine, and several published compositions. He was a featured presenter at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio in 2002. Jones endorses Encore mallets, Silverfox drumsticks, Grover Pro Percussion products, and Planet Marimba mallet instruments. Brett Jones currently serves as the Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He is known as the foremost expert on Robert Kreutz's marimba music. His doctoral research culminated in his paper entitled The Marimba Music of Robert E. Kreutz: A Stylistic Study of the Choral Influences in his Compositions for Marimba which has been published in the Percussive Arts Society's Online Research Journal. Jones resides in Superior with his wife, Meghan and their four children.