Song for All Seasons by Brian Slawson is a quintessential middle school percussion ensemble work. This piece offers students with opportunities to explore dynamic contrast, ensemble skills such as listening and watching each other, and musical “roadmap” skills in the form of a coda.
The piece is partially based on Orchésographie by the French Renaissance cleric, Thoinot Arbeau. It follows a familiar form found in pop and rock ‘n’ roll music, making it an easily understood format for young musicians. Additionally, the piece is keyboard-focused allowing students to hone their keyboard percussion skills.
Song for All Seasons ships as a printed, professionally bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or tablet viewing.