This piece is one of three pieces that was awarded the Classical Marimba League Prize. My plan is to write a set of twenty four etudes, one in each key, in the future.
Despite the fact that these pieces are ‘etudes’, they are not ‘exercises’ for mere technical practice. They are each short pieces of individual musical moments.
Etude in c minor (for solo marimba) is designed for octave practice. Much like a Liszt etude, this piece is quite virtuosic. Though the music was intended to be rather angry in nature and virtuosic, it should always still sing.
– Pius Cheung