Monday, May 07, 2018

Diabelli Project 189 - Piece for Marimba (Part 3)

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 I finished up the first section of the piece. For some, the notation may look a little odd, but the direction of the stems is deliberate. I'm treating the right and left hands as two separate instruments, playing a duet.

In the measures with a single line in them, the player can choose to alternate sticking. I just wanted to make it clear that there are still two voices conversing.

The second section is more of a blending of voices, though still with two different melodic shapes. I envision having all four mallets in play as the section develops, perhaps expanding from two voices to four.

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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