Featured Composition: Nessun Dorma for Percussion Ensemble by Puccini/arr. D. Soulier

Nessun Dorma (arranged by Danny Soulier) is Puccini’s beautiful, famous aria from Turandot in an arrangement for a large percussion ensemble of 13 to 14 players [instrumentation includes: glockenspiel, 2 vibraphones, xylophone, chimes, 4 or 5 marimbas (4.3 and 4.5), timpani, suspended and crash cymbals, triangle, bass drum, and gong]. The lyrical vocal line is played by solo/duo marimba, and parts of the conclusion of the opera are included to close out the arrangement. Chordal marimba passages bring out the warm, rich harmonies in the aria, and vibraphones stand in for off-stage choir. This large work is great for high school and college percussion ensembles and this crowd-pleaser is a perfect introduction to one of the most passionate, beautiful pieces of classical music. To hear an audio sample, click HERE.