PERFORMED BY JONATHAN COLLAZO
MALLETS USED IN THIS ETUDE INCLUDE:
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ABOUT THE PIECE
Conversation is a solo marimba piece written in five movements and published as part of the “Marimba Pieces 2″compilation. Each movement poses a unique challenge, but overall the piece is of moderate difficulty and not quite as hard as some of the other pieces in the two Marimba Pieces books.
The first movement is an ABA form with the A section consisting of mostly running eighth notes at a moderate tempo. The B section is a slower rolling section.
The second movement is a similar moderate tempo, but written mainly in sixteenth notes. Both of the first two movement rarely reach the forte dynamic.
The third movement is a perpetual motion movement in 12/8 with many dynamic swells.
The fourth movement is the only thing resembling a slow movement. Marked Lento, the slow sections consist of rolls of one note only at a soft dynamic. Interjections into a 6/8 allegro that is similar to the previous movement prevent it from being a true slow movement.
The final movement is a 2/4 dance movement that slowly diminuendos and ritards to give the appearance of evaporating.
The movements are titled as follows:
I. Tender Talk
II. So Nice It Was….Repeatedly
III. Lingering Chagrin
IV. Again the Hazy Answer!
V. A Lame Excuse
Annotated by Greg Simonds
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