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Air for the G String 
AIR from Handel's Water Music Suite 
Ave Verum Corpus 
Bach Chorale Cantata 130 
Bailero 
Chichester Psalms: A Major Concert Work
Finale Water Music Suite 
Golliwogg's Cakewalk 
The Humming Chorus 
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Lyric Scene
Nessum Dorma 
Pavane for a Sleeping Beauty 
Pie Jesu
Praelude & Saraband 
The Prayer
Prelude in E Minor 
Sarabande & 2-Part Invention 
Spring
Scoring Abbreviations:
Lead (Tenor) L
Double Tenor DT
Double Second D2
Guitar G
Cello C
Tenor Bass TB
Bass B
Percussion Perc
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Air for the G String
From the Suite in D by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arr. by J. Leyden
The appeal of this Bach composition lies not only in the beauty of its melody but also in the way that the inner parts move like eddies in a flowing stream. A lovely change of pace in your program and one which allows the delicate sounds of your steel drums to be appreciated. The mastering of the tremolos by your players will be rewarded by the response of your audience. Playing this arrangement will build worthwhile musical skills.

Product ID: 1001                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, B
*No Notes
Level:
Easy
Price:
$45.00
MP3 sound bite

AIR from Handel's Water Music Suite
Arr. by James Leyden
The direct opposite of the brilliant FINALE, this flowing Andante movement is the perfect opportunity for your group to demonstrate command of their instruments and share Handel's beautiful music with their audience.

Product ID: 1115                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G, C, TB, B
Level:
Medium
Price:
$45.00
MP3 sound bite

Ave Verum Corpus
By W. A. Mozart
Arr. by James Leyden
Said to be Mozart's last composition before his untimely death at age 35, Ave Verum corpus is one of his shortest and yet most beautiful creations. The key to this beauty, when played on steel drums, lies in achieving a smooth, seamless musical line in all the parts. In so doing, you will be able to emulate a choral effect. This piece will do wonders in building the tremolo skills of your players.

Product ID: 1116                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G, C, TB, B
Level:
Medium
Price:
$45.00
MP3 sound bite

Bach Chorale Cantata 130
Arr. by James Leyden
An "adrenalin rush" for all concerned when you team up with your school/church/community chorus on this music. The familiar 16th centruy hymn "Old Hundred" is underscored by pans weaving individual melodic lines into a rich harmonic tapestry. All in all, a wonderful musical experience.

Product ID: 1117                      
Scoring:
L, L2, L3, DT1, DT2, DT3, D2-1, D2-2, C/G, TB/B, *SATB Chorale parts included
Level:
Advanced
Price:
$60.00
MP3 sound bite

Bailero
French Folk Song, from the Songs Of The Auvergne
Arr. by Marc Svaline
In the Auvergne dialect, "bailero" is a shepherd's call. The Auvergne region itself is a high plateau of green, rolling hills; in summer a land of skylarks, butterflies and wild flowers. The 'sense of place' all comes through in the lilting strains of this beautiful folk song. The steel band accompaniment with its gentle echoing phrases puts the finishing touches on this unique musical landscape.

Product ID: 1118                      
Scoring:
L, DT, D2, G/C, B, *optional Flute
Level:
Pans - Easy
Price:
$45.00
MP3 sound bite

Chichester Psalms: A Major Concert Work
By Leonard Bernstein
Transcription by James Leyden
For your group's performance of a lifetime, we have a marvelous work for you. It's Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms which we've scored for pans and percussion to accompany the original SATB chorus. Discover for yourself the excitement and beauty of Bernstein's harmonies and soaring melodies.

Product ID: 1119           Contact Hillbridge Music for details          
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, TB/B, and percussion, *SATB Chorus: parts available from local suppliers
Level:
Advanced
Price:
RENTAL ONLY

Finale Water Music Suite
By George Frederick Handel
Arr. by James Leyden
Played by the tradtional symphony orchestra, the Finale is always impressive. But to our way of thinking, nothing can match the explosive sound of this Finale when played by a modern steel drum ensemble. You can count on a big audience response. And remember, the crash cymbals are an integral part of the action. This is majestic stuff.

Product ID: 1120                      
Scoring:
L, DT, D2, G, C, B
Level:
Medium
Price:
$50.00
MP3 sound bite

Golliwogg's Cakewalk
By Claude Debussy
Arr. by James Leyden
GOLLIWOGG: a male doll of ludicrous, bizarre appearance. CAKEWALK: formerly a promenade or walk in which those performing the most complex and unusual steps won cakes as prizes. The fanciful title qualifies this piece as "program music" in that it suggests the mood and style of the actions of this eccentric doll. To do justice to Debussy's delightful dancing Golliwogg, keep the playing lighthearted and only occasionally raucous.

Product ID: 1121                      
Scoring:
L, DT, D2, G, C, TB, B
Level:
Medium
Price:
$45.00
MP3 sound bite

The Humming Chorus
From Madam Butterfly
By G. Puccini
Arr. by Emily Lemmerman
In the opera at the end of Act 2, elegant singing gives way to off-stage choral humming underscored by soft pizzicato strings. The same quiet mood is captured in this pan adaptation by the octave unison melody of your Double 2nd and Guitar/Cello sections. In contrast to high-energy calypsos and socas you can showcase the versatitlity of your players and the unique tonal capabilities of your instruments. As a special moment in its operatic setting, so the Humming Chorus, played on pans, can be a special moment in your next concert.

Product ID: 1122                      
Scoring:
L, DT(D2), G, C, TB, B
Level:
Easy
Price:
$45.00
MP3 sound bite

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
The range of Bach's elegant melody makes it eminently playable by Lead pan, Oboe, Flute, or Clarinet.

Product ID: 1171                      
Scoring:

Level:

Price:
$50.00

Lyric Scene
From the "Comedians" Ballet
by Kabelevsky
Arr. by J. Leyden
Kabelevsky's elegant music for this Pas de Deux from the "Comedians" Ballet shows off the beautiful sound of your pans. It will also teach delicate sticking.

Product ID: 1123                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, B
Level:
Easy
Price:
$45.00

Nessum Dorma
from the opera Turandot
By G. Puccini
Arr. by Marc Svaline
The beautiful aria from the opera Turandot, made famous by the great tenor Pavarotti, has recently been recorded by the brilliant young soprano, Sarah Brightman. Her recording has served to acquaint a new and younger audience with this Puccini favorite. Our arrangement in Bb has a G above the staff as the top note, making it well within range of the young soprano voice.

Product ID: 1124                      
Scoring:
L, DT(D2), G, C, B, Soprano Solo included
Level:
Pans-Medium
Price:
$45.00
MP3 sound bite

Pavane for a Sleeping Beauty
from the
By Maurice Ravel
Arr. by James Leyden
While Maurice Ravel dazzled the world with complex compositions such as La Valse and the Daphnis and Chloe Suite, he had a genius for creating in simpler forms. The Mother Goose Suite is a prime example. The charm of the lies in its simplicity. Here's your chance to develop delicate and sensitive playing. There's such beauty in the sound of steel drums played softly. Why not share it with your audience?

Product ID: 1125                      
Scoring:
L, DT, D2, G, C, B
Level:
Easy
Price:
$45.00
MP3 sound bite

Pie Jesu
From Requiem
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Arr. Marc Svaline
For a beautiful and unexpected change of pace in your next concert, we recommend this vocal duet from Andrew Lloyd Weber's Requiem.

Product ID: 1039                      
Scoring:
L, D2, C, B, *Includes Vocal
Level:
Medium
Price:
$45.00

Praelude & Saraband
from the
By Edvard Grieg
Arr. by James Leyden
Among the works of the great composers which lend themselves to steel drum transcription and performance are those of Edvard Grieg. From a group of shorter pieces composed in the years following the completion of his piano concerto, we have chosen the Praelude and Saraband from the Holberg Suite. The suite is originally scored for strings, but we have found these two sections of the suite to be equally beautiful and exciting in their steel drum setting.

Product ID: 1126                      
Scoring:
L, DT, D2, G/C, TB/B
Level:
Medium/Advanced
Price:
$45.00
MP3 sound bite

The Prayer
Arranged by Marc Svaline
ANdrew Bocelli and Celion Dion made this duet popular. Got a great pair of singers? Here is your chance to showcase them and "Wow the Crowd!"

Product ID: 1127                      
Scoring:
L, DT, D2, G, C, B, *Includes Vocal
Level:
Medium
Price:
$45.00

Prelude in E Minor
Theme From "The Pianist"
Music by W.A. Mozart
Arr. by J. Leyden
Elegant, uncomplicated, this prelude is a precious musical gem. Here's your chance to develop soft sustained tremolo ensemble playing and demonstrate the tonal possibilities of your instruments.

Product ID: 1170                      
Scoring:
L/DT, D2-1, D2-2, G/C, TB/B
Level:
Easy
Price:
$45.00
MP3 sound bite

Sarabande & 2-Part Invention
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arr. by J. Leyden
Bach's Sarabande is gentle, unhurried with subtle harmonic changes, this Sarabande is basic Bach. It is a pan-perfect introduction to great music of the Baroque period. 2-Part Invention is a marvelous program piece, a gem from the amazing musical treasure chest created by this one man, this genius. His soaring melodies and his manipulation of short musical phrases by inversions, by modulation and sequential repetition offer a unique opportunity for your players to understand Bach's concept of musical form. The individual musical lines move freely but always seem to fit together perfectly. It has been said that to fully appreciate the music of Bach, one must play it. So, we say "pass out the parts" and have a wonderful musical experience. The arrangements of the Bach Sarabande and 2-Part Invention are available as a package only.

Product ID: 1128                      
Scoring:
Sarabande Scoring: L, DT, G/C, TB/B, 2-Part Invention Scoring: L, C
Level:
Medium
Price:
$45.00
MP3 sound bite

Spring
Oregon Symphony version
By Edvard Grieg
adapted for pan by J. Leyden
Spring is a perfect example of the way in which a composer responds to the surrounding environment. While the "wide open spaces" are reflected in the music of Aaron Copelnd, it was the beauty and grandeur of Norway's fjords and snowy mountains which inspired Edvard Grieg. With sensitive tremolo playing Spring will come alive and weave its spell over all within hearing distance. By any standards this is a musical jewel!

Product ID: 1129                      
Scoring:
L/DT, D2-1, D2-2, G/C-1, G/C-2, TB/B
Level:
Easy/Medium
Price:
$50.00

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