Songs Without Words is a suite of three pieces originally composed for solo piano by Felix Mendelssohn. The open chord structure and simple harmonic sequences of “Confidence” Op. 19, No. 4; “Consolation” Op. 30, No. 3; and “Faith” Op. 102, No. 6 are employed in this four-mallet arrangement for solo marimba.
Magnolia Pastorale was written for marimba and piano duo set to a peaceful and calm chorale-like setting. Composed in a loose ternary form with rapid passages in the middle section, this duo serves both instruments in lilting tranquil melodic passages throughout.