Monday, February 09, 2015

Diabelli Project 077 - Solo Marimba Piece

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.

These flash compositions have a ten-minute time limit -- so every second counts. That's why I can get a lot farther into a sketch if it's just for a solo instrument. It takes just as long to write two measures of melody as it does for one measure of melody plus one measure of harmony (or counter melody). My musical training was as a keyboard percussionist, so I already had a pretty good idea of what's possible with a marimba (beyond mariachi music).

As you can see, my original four-note idea gets worked with in some different ways as the piece progresses. (click on image to enlarge).

So what happens next? As with all the Diabelli Project sketches, that's up to you. If if inspires you, please feel free to make of it what you will. And please -- share the results.

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