Raymond Helble (b. Feb. 3, 1949) began his composing at the age of 10 and conducting at 12. Although self-taught in composition, and never having had a private music lesson, he was accepted at Julliard, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Eastman School due to his highly developed technique.
Mr. Helble did his undergraduate and graduate studies at Eastman. His teachers included Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, and Joseph Schwantner. His musical education also included conducting studies with Willis Page and Walter Hendle.
Mr. Helble's music is recognized for its technical excellence, distinctive motivic material, contrapuntal dexterity, and highly polished finish, whether he writes in a tonal, modal, atonal, or serial manner.
Due to his long association with Leigh H. Stevens, Helble has produced a large set of works for the marimba that are considered standard repertoire.
Theme with Six Variations by Raymond Helble is a four mallet solo scored for 4.3 octave marimba. This set of variations is a great way to study the performance styles of Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, Dvorak, Chopin and Wagner without playing a direct transcription.