What's the Cost-A-Rica (Solo)

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Emil Richards

General Info

Year: 19
Duration: c.
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00




Program Notes


In you are a fan of Mexican or Guatemalan marimba music and are looking for an entertaining four-mallet solo that is not too difficult, "What's the Cost-A-Rica," with its lilting Latin rhythm and colorful harmonic scheme will fill the bill. And if you want a light, entertaining ensemble piece, Richards has provided an arrangement of the same piece for marimba quartet. Although the four-mallet solo is scored as a right-hand melody with left- hand accompaniment, the technical difficulties are kept to a minimum by using fixed-interval thirds in both hands to handle a melodic line set in thirds, and a simple triadic harmonization. The four- mallet soloist must be able to coordinate left-hand quarter notes with right-hand afterbeats, which gives the music its Latin "lilt." Richards has "kicked" the tempo up from quarter note = 120 in the solo version to quarter note = 160 in the ensemble rendition. However, college mallet groups will have no problem putting the quartet together in short order. And they should have a great time doing it. - John R. Raush[1]



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Works for Percussion by this Composer

Celesta (Richards) - Percussion Quartet - Marimba Quartet
Celesta No.2 - Percussion Quartet - Marimba Quartet
My Friend Eileen (Ensemble) - Percussion Sextet - Marimba Ensemble
My Friend Eileen (Solo) - Marimba
Underdog Rag - Percussion Quartet - Marimba Quartet
What's the Cost-A-Rica (Ensemble) - Percussion Quartet - Marimba Quartet
What's the Cost-A-Rica (Solo) - Marimba, Mallets

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