Robert Clayson, Marimba
Fantasy: Soar! completed in the spring of 2020, is an easy to intermediate solo for 4.3 octave marimba. I wanted to write an attainable challenge for younger players while still being fun to play and to listen to. Its duration is slightly under 5 minutes, which makes it a great choice for recital programs, festivals, and jury examinations.
Soar begins with a joyful, spirited theme in A Major, with a melody presented over an ostinato. It then transitions to a second theme in a slow and lyrical chorale, giving performers plenty of opportunity for dynamic and lyrical expression. Finally, the piece returns to the original theme, at first lifted to E Major before modulating back to A major for a buoyant, energetic finish.
The bright, fluid melodies of Soar make it an enjoyable piece to learn and perform, while also serving as a good technique builder for younger players. Soar includes utilization of single independent strokes, double vertical strokes, double lateral strokes, multi-manual playing, and traditional rolls. It is my hope that this piece helps marimbists “soar” to new heights in their playing!
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