Six Gamut Studies for Solo Marimba

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Barney Childs

General Info

Year: 1978
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Title Publisher
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00




Program Notes


As the title indicates this is a collection of six solos for marimba. The first solo is a fast flurry of 16th notes with similar intervalic row patterns with explosive accents. The second solo is a series of four mallet roll and tremelo textures. Solo three is a series of long tones most of them preceded by rapid grace notes. The fourth solo is fast The music is un-metered, but the composer suggests strongly marked accents on the first beat of each group of notes or patterns, The performer also has the freedom to explore his own dynamic expression. Movement five is a slow blues tempo. There is no time signature, but the rhythmic relationship of tones and patterns should be followed. The last solo is based mostly on patterns of minor seconds and minor thirds. Most of the solos are playable with two mallets, although four mallets will facilitate some of the larger intervals or register shifts. The print is excellent, and the solos allow maximum expression by the player. This is an interesting collection of solos and is a welcome addition to the advanced recital program. - George Frock, Spring 1990[1]



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