Posted By : Jeff Moore
Piece Title : Marimbology
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Composer / Arranger : Schuller, Gunther (1925-)
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Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion
Instrument / Discipline : Marimba
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Publisher :AMP / Margun
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Year Composed / Copyright Date : /  1993
Duration :15Minutes
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Posted By : Jeff Moore    Date Posted: 12 February 2009 06:55:00 AM
Marimbology was written in the summer of 1993 on a commission from New Music Marimba, the Percussive Arts Society, Nancy Zeltsman, William Moersch, and Robert Van Sice, with a grant from Meet the Composer/Reader`s Digest Commissioning Program. The work is in four contrasting movements, exploiting not only the wonderful rich sonorities of the 5 octave marimba, but its remarkable technical/virtuostic and expressive capabilities. The opening moveement is marked Scherzando, begins with a light trickle of high register sounds (like tiny high-lying mountain spring) gradually evolving into a jaunty scherzo in asymmetrical meters and odd rhythmic patterns. Soon the piece reverses itself, the long downward opening run now heading upwards (like running a film backwards) to a `sudden-death` chordal climax. The second movement , Rhapsody, explores the darker and more harmonic qualities of the marimba. The middle section consists of one-handed tremolo pedal points accompanying dramatic fanfare-like gestures. The movement ends on a quiet, contemplative note. The ensuing Sarabande is stately in character, closing with a chorale-like passage and wispy `after-thought`. The finale, Toccata, a virtuoso tour de force, features a plethora of ragtimey syncopations and jazzy swing.-Gunther Schuller
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