Monday, April 09, 2018

Diabelli Project 187 - Piece for Solo Marimba (Part 1)

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.

This week marks a new project - a piece for solo marimba. I'll be working on this one for the next few weeks.

The concept behind this score is dual tonality. The right hand and left hand play in different key centers. Figuring out how to notate the music took some thought. In my original sketch, I used a separate stave for each hand.

But, as a percussionist, I think that might be somewhat hard to read. Plus, it doesn't show how the hands intersect, as they do in the last bar of the sketch below.

Next week, I'll continue on. We'll find out what happens together!

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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