Posted By : RLaneyPerc
Piece Title : Carvings on the Bonsai Tree
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Level : College
Composer / Arranger : Laney, Ryan R.
Composer / Arranger Details:

Ryan R. Laney earned his B.M.E. degree graduating Magna Cum Laude at The University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO in May 2010 where he studied closely with Prof. Gray Barrier, Dr. Richard Mayne, and Dr. Kenneth Singleton. He was the Pride of the Rockies Marching Band percussion instructor/arranger for the 2009 marching season. Ryan is an avid composer and has had compositions for wind, percussion, and marching groups performed around the world. His most recent major projects include "Latin Suite for Woodwind Quintet" for the Maesta Woodwind Quintet of Northridge, CA, "The Dahlstrom Rag" for the Tau chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and a saxophone concerto to be premiered Spring 2012 by the Kansas State University Wind Ensemble. Ryan arranges and distributes music through his website, and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and the Music Educator`s National Conference.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion
Instrument / Discipline : Marimba Solo
Instrumentation : N/A
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 4 1/3 Octave Marimba
Written for / Commissioned by : N/A
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and Youtube Channel Owner. Recorded / Provided by:
 Ryan R. Laney
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Publisher :R. Laney Percussion
Publishers Website
Publisher Details : The official publication and website of composer Ryan R. Laney
Year Composed / Copyright Date :2010 /  2010
Duration :8Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :4
Special Needs :N/A
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

"Carvings on the Bonsai Tree" was constructed as an emulation of various Japanese instruments such as the koto and shamisen, along with melodies and harmonies that centered around pentatonic scales. The piece is built in three distinct sections with three distinct moods based on separate parts of the day, and special playing techniques ranging from smooth one-handed rolls to fast lateral strokes up and down the instrument. The first section opens with an exciting run followed by a melodic ostinato in the left hand and right hand independence, closing with an exciting exercise in lateral strokes. The second movement is a dance form that emulates the busy work day at a brisk tempo. The third and final section is open to lots of room for interpretation as there is no set tempo or set rhythm in the lyrical melodies played in the right hand. This piece is perfect for a recital and is great for any mallet player to improve their abilities both musically and technically.

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