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Flying Colours

Composer: Adam Tan

Instrument: Percussion Duo

Level: Intermediate

Published: 2019

Price: €20.00


Item details

  • Description +
    • Duration: 4 min.

      1. Larger range instruments (e.g. 5.0 octave marimba): Flying Colours is written for a 3.0 octave vibraphone and a 4.3 octave marimba, but larger instruments can be used as well.

      2. Mallet use: Marimba should use a warm graduated set (e.g. soft, medium soft, medium, medium hard). Vibraphone should use an articulate but rounded set of mallets that are not too harsh.

      3. Tempo: Flying Colours should be kept at a constant steady tempo when in sections that have no tempo changes. The dramatic section at bar 82 is the exception to this, which can be dramatically stretched.

      4. Dynamics: Flying Colours should never be too harsh or too soft. The loudest section is at the very end, and the softest section is at letter G.

      5. Pedalling: The vibraphone player should dampen and feather as required for phrasing purposes. They should not hold the pedal down fully for whole passages.

      6. Finally, make sure you and your duo partner have fun with this!

  • Instrumentation +
    • 3.0 octave vibraphone and a 4.3 octave marimba

  • Watch+
    • Performed by Therese Ng and Adam Tan

  • About the composer +
    • Adam Tan is a percussionist from Perth, Western Australia. His favourite instrument is the marimba. 

      Adam is the host and producer of THE STUDIO, a YouTube show uploading weekly episodes about various topics of percussion, such as gear, technique and tutorials. Since its inception in 2016, THE STUDIO has grown to reach thousands of percussionists of all levels from around the world, receiving critical acclaim from the likes of Casey Cangelosi, Kai Stensgaard and Rob Knopper.  

      Adam currently holds a Master of Music (Research, Percussion) and Bachelor of Arts in Music with First Class Honours from the University of Western Australia (UWA). He was awarded the Lady Callaway Medal for Music, Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Prize in Third-Year Performance, ROSL Postgraduate Scholarship, UWA Convocation Graduates Prize in Music, and the Australian Postgraduate Award. 

      Adam has performed and presented at many local and international events, including the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), PAS Hong Kong Day of Percussion, Malaysia Percussion Festival, Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar, Australian Percussion Gathering, Canning World Arts Festival and State of the Art Festival.   

      Adam has been under the tutelage of Louise Devenish (UWA), Paul Tanner (UWA) and Tim White (WAAPA), and has been mentored by Mark Applebaum (USA), Kuniko Kato (Japan), Doug Perkins (USA), Su Yin Tan (Malaysia), and Nancy Zeltsman (USA).

  • Credits +
    • Front Cover graphics and layout: Gaia Rodrigues
      Photo: Wilson Ng
      Engraving: Adam Tan & Johan Svitzer
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
      Copyright ©Adam Tan