This four-mallet marimba solo is written for a five-octave instrument. The composer takes us through a journey of idioms that describe the styles of different cultures. The opening theme is in duple meter and consists of a series of arpeggios and mallet rotations. The initial theme is followed by similar patterns, but now in a more frantic manner, with the right and left hand echoed by playing all sixteenth notes. The middle section contains rhythmic figures and patterns that are found in many Latin jazz recordings. The work closes with a coda in 6/16 meter, ending on an a-minor chord. The solo is predictable through the use of motives that are repeated with slight pitch or harmonic variations.
The Traveller by Benjamin Wittiber
This four-mallet marimba solo is written for a five-octave instrument. The composer takes us through a journey of.... Read More