Representing the active part of city life, this work begins with a rhythmic and energetic section building to a more complex polyrhythmic passage. The mysterious atmosphere of the night is reflected in the middle, followed by a juxtaposition of earlier themes to end the piece.
Genre: Marimba (4-mallet) | # of Players: 1 Level: Medium Difficult
Instrumentation Marimba (4.3-octave)
Program Notes Cityscapes for solo marimba consists of three main sections. The first section starts rhythmically and energetically to express the active and fun part of city life. From the second half of the first section, the complexity of city life gradually appears, which is represented by the rhythms of three against four, four against five, and so on. This complexity is absorbed into the mysterious atmosphere of the night in the middle section, almost like beautiful moths shimmering in the air of the night. In the last section, the irregularity of the middle section is transformed gradually into regularity starting with the drone figures. The images from the former sections are juxtaposed and become one overlapped image toward the end of the piece.