Third Dance for marimba was composed in 1989 as the companion piece to Two Short Dances. Although slightly more complicated rhythmically, Third Dance contains similar treatment of thematic cells which rely upon the tritone and various triplet figures.
After the work was unfortunately lost, it was painstakingly reconstructed in manuscript, note by note, from a surviving taped performance and several sketches. The majority of the dance is virtually unchanged from its original version, though a few minor revisions were necessary.
The speed of this piece is as important as the correct pitches. Make sure to distinguish between tuple and non-tuplet figures, as well as between sixteenth and third-second notes.
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