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sizzle! (2006)

Medium: Percussion Quintet 
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Composed: 2006
Duration: 4:20
Difficulty: Grade 4+

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Percussion 1 (bongos, slapstick, splash cymbal, claves
Percussion 2 (snare drum, small suspended cymbal, high woodblock) 
Percussion 3 (medium tom, medium suspended cymbal, hi-hat, low woodblock)
Percussion 4 (low tom, large suspended cymbal, temple blocks) 
Percussion 5 (bass drum, China cymbal, log drum - 2 pitches)

Sizzle! features 3 families of percussion instruments: membranes (bongos, snare drum, toms, bass drum), metals (suspended cymbals, China cymbal, hi-hat), and woods (claves, woodblocks, temple blocks, log drums, slap stick). A 4th family is created with the players voices whispering intensely various syllables from the word "Sizzle." The piece is set primarily in 4/4 with a section of 6/8. However, the occasional 5/8 and 7/8 bar creeps up just to keep the audience on their toes.

California State University-Long Beach Percussion Ensemble
Dave Gerhart, director