Monday, May 23, 2016

Diabelli Project 111 - Piece for Solo Marimba

The Diabelli Project is about offering my weekly flash-composition sketches freely to all. Like Antonio Diabelli's theme, these sketches aren't great music. But perhaps (as in Diabelli's case) there's a Beethoven out there who can do great things with them.

And the sketches for some yet unfinished solo marimba piece continue (seven posts and counting). This one's the most challenging. In each measure, the player has to strike two notes together, then continue the melody.

It's possible with some careful planning, as sometimes the two notes are best played with a mallet in each hand, sometimes with two mallets in one hand. In the final completed measure, the little turn on count four might be best executed with two mallets in one hand. A challenge for sure!

As always, you can use any or all of the posted Diabelli Project sketches as you wish for free. Just be sure to share the results. I'm always curious to see what direction someone else can take this material.

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