There is an Aristotelian notion that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This is a concept known as emergence. In his quintet Amidst, John Ling has taken this concept to heart,
You can finally experience the magic of Bizet's masterpiece Carmen with a marimba quartet in this wonderful collection arranged by Ritsuko Nasu! Pure magic!
The second in a series of marimba quartets, Digital Dances No. 2 is heavily influenced by electronic dance music and video game music. The piece combines a constant driving pulse with unexpected
Fluidity layers various syncopated and non-syncopated patterns together to produce an undulating effect that creates an interesting and meditative atmosphere.
Jota is part of Don Larsen's Danzas Espanolas. These are arrangements of pieces composed by Enrique Granados between 1892 and 1900. They are among his earliest works.
Marimba Quartet No. 2 is a bright, energetic piece by Christopher Bradford. This work is full of rhythmic and harmonic twists and turns that weave an intricate but beautiful web for four players on
Nalu is a marimba quartet written for four players on two marimbas. In the Hawaiian language, the word "nalu" means "wave," as in surf. Through the use of counterpoint, syncopation, hocket, and
In the key of D, this arrangement will also work on any mallet instrument combination. Some meter variation and well placed dynamics make this an interesting piece to teach as well as play.
Here is Haydn's Presto from his String Quartet No. 2, Op. 74 arranged for marimba quartet. With nothing faster than an eighth note, and most of the tonal motion step-wise,
Quartet No. 1 in F for marimba quartet was composed in the spirit of the great string quartets of Beethoven and Schubert. It relies heavily on the tonal and formal structures of the period. The
Any combination and any number of instruments can play together in harmony. Woodwinds, brass, strings, and mallet percussion can have fun playing in like-instrument or mixed-instrument ensembles.
Radioactive Octopus was inspired by the earthquake and subsequent nuclear disaster that occurred in Japan in March of 2011. Each player represents two of the tentacles of the octopus, and a visual
Seeing the World was written to be an accessible yet musically rich intermediate-level marimba quartet. Four players share two 4.3 octave marimbas, allowing the piece to be performed by those with
Featuring a variety of sound colors and a quasi-minimalist texture, Selva Luminosa is an intriguing work suitable for inclusion on a college or professional percussion recital.
A Simple Prelude is a short work written for the wedding ceremony of friends of the composr, to whom the piece is dedicated. This prelude exists as both a marimba and clarinet quartet.
This piece in the style of an 1800s habanera was used in the movie classic "The Sting," although this arrangement uses the entire piece instead of just the last section.
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