Music For Young Peoples' Concerts

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Here is a wide variety of music suitable for ages 5 through 14 that is designed to delight while educating young audiences. Our selections employ a wide variety of music from many different sources. All selections are very attractively priced, and our generous "sliding scale" won't break your budget especially when multiple concerts are involved.

PARADE OF THE PERCUSSIONISTS

by Robert Wendel
Description: A new, original march FOR the percussion section accompanied by the orchestra. A great surprise for any Pops concert, and perfect for Young People's Concerts. Exactly how many percussionists you use depends on how "athletic" they can be...which can make for good "visuals" too!
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 and strings PLUS Timpani, Trap Drums, 3-4 percussion, opt. piano
Duration:3:50
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

THE ADVENTURES OF SINBAD - OVERTURE

by Anton Koch
Description: "The Adventures of Sinbad" Overture, formed part the the staged retelling of Sheherazade's "Tales from the 1001 Nights" during the closing ceremonies of the 2006 Asia Games in Doha, Qatar. Ali Baba discovers the treasure cave of the forty thieves and the magic formula which opens the entrance to the cave. He would visit the cave when the thieves were away and carry off their stolen treasures. One day he is caught in the act by the Robber Chief who plots to reclaim his treasures by disguising himself as a long lost friend of Ali Baba. Ali Baba's faithful servant discovers the Robber Chief's plot and she devises a plan to trap him with an exotic dagger dance; however, it is the thieves that trap her and her master. Sinbad and his "loyal crew of adventurers" come to the rescue in a spectecular display of flying ships over the arena.
Instrumentation:2+Picc/1+E Hn/2/1+CBn - 4/3/3/1 - timp / 3-5 perc - harp & strings.
Duration:5:05
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

TAKE FLIGHT

by Robert Wendel
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Description: An original composition written to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers first powered flight, this work celebrates everyone who dares to dream.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2+opt B Cl/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:5:20
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

THE TALL SHIPS

by Robert Wendel
Description: An original tone picture by Robert Wendel that evokes the spirit of the early maritime explorers, the wind in the sails, sea chanties, and waves crashing on the ship's bow.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, harp, Celeste and strings
Duration:5:55
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+$50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes: "Robert Wendel's 'The Tall Ships' proved a cinematic extravaganza, the soundtrack for tall ships sailed by old salts." - JEFFREY KACZMARCZYK, The GR Press July 29,2011
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "American Reflections" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com

UPTOWN EXPRESS

by Robert Wendel
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Description: This is a fusion work combining elements of classical, jazz, minimalism and polytonality into a musical impression of a ride on the subway complete with squealing wheels, "click-clack" of rail joints, random metallic noises and even the "ding-dong" warning of the doors closing. Many listeners have also commented that this work has the feel of "gamer music" and should appeal to video game enthusiasts of all ages, so this would be perfect on a young people's concert about machine and other descriptive music.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2+EHn(opt)/2+BCl/2+Cbn(opt) - 4/3/3/1 - Timp, Traps + 2 perc, Piano(opt), Harp and Strings
Duration:6:45
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).
Notes: NEW for 2013

"UNDER THE BIG TOP"

by Robert Wendel
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Description: Bring on the trapeze artists, the elephants, dogs and ponies and, of course, the clowns! They are all here in this new medley that's sure to be fun for all!
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/2/3/1 Timpani, 3 percussion, and strings
Duration:6:25
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)..
Notes:Commissioned by The Houston Symphony and Michael Krajewski. Premiered May 24th, 2006.

REEL KOOL

Arr.: David Culross
Description: Be it a Celtic, Scottish, or American Country theme, this medley of "Reel Saint-Joseph" and "Reel Saint-Antoine" for 2 violins and orchestra will have toes tapping and hands clapping. Add Irish or clog dancers too if you wish... just have fun with this one!
Instrumentation:2-2-2-2/4-3-3-1/timp +3 and strings with 2 solo violins.
Duration:Approximately 3:05
Rental Fee:$160/+$80/+$40 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)..

THE POLTERGEIST POLKA

by Robert Wendel
Description: Poltergeist: noun: "a ghost or other supernatural being supposedly responsible for physical disturbances such as loud noises and objects thrown around." Well, this piece certainly fits that definition, with loud noises, whistles, bangs and more. Great fun for any audience.
Instumentation:2+picc/2/2+ B Cl/2+CBsn - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-4 percussion, opt banjo, and strings
Duration:3:00
Rental Fee:$190/+$95/+$47.50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)..
Notes:New for 2011

TRICK OR TREAT

by Robert Wendel
Description: This work harks back to a simpler time when children went from house to house yelling "trick-or-treat, trick-or-treat, give us something good to eat!" Along the way, they pick up friends, spend a little time in the local "haunted house" and then resume their trip. Finally, someone scares them but good, and they all scatter to their respective homes to enjoy the fruits of their Halloween night.
Instrumentation:2/2/2/2 - 0/0/0/0 - Xylophone, Snare Drum, Susp Cymbal, and Strings
Duration:3:40
Rental Fee:$125/+$62.50/+$31.25 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)..

TRICK OR TREAT - "Peter and the Wolf Orchestration"

by Robert Wendel
Description: This is an alternate orchestration of the above work to share a program with "Peter and the Wolf." Specify the "Peter orchestration" when ordering.
Instrumentation:1/1/1/1 - 3/1/0/0 - Xylophone, Snare Drum, Susp Cymbal, and Strings
Duration:3:40
Rental Fee:$125/+$62.50/+$31.25 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)..

ORFEO'S "ROCKATTA"

by Monteverdi, adapted by Robert Wendel
Description: 2007 marked the 400th anniversary of what is considered to be the first "modern" opera, so I've "updated" the Toccatta from Monteverdi's "Orfeo" for the pop/rock generation, complete with a development section. Terrific for Pops AND Young People's Concerts, ESPECIALLY if you open the concert with the first 14 bars (as Monteverdi wrote it) then close the concert with the FULL work. Four hundred years then comes full circle!
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap set, Chimes, Glock, Tam-Tam, Piatti and Bass Drum, and Strings
Duration:2:45
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each)..

THE FLINTSTONES MEET THE JETSONS

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: Two of television most famous cartoon families meet face-to-face in a virtuoso medley guaranteed to delight adults and children alike. Still broadcast daily on the "Boomerang" channel.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, and strings
Duration:3:45
Rental Fee:$200/+$100/+50 - ($1st perf/+$2nd perf/+$3rd perf or more each).

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