Written as a Christmas gift for the composer's goddaughter, Maddie features a expressive melodicism through rubato, moving lines. A brief rolled chorale showacases the rich qualities of the lowest octaves of the marimba before returning to the opening melodies and bringing the piece to a close.
Genre: Marimba (4-mallet) | # of Players: 1 Level: Medium | Duration: 3:40
Instrumentation 5-octave Marimba
Program Notes I wrote Maddie for my goddaughter as a Christmas present in 2010. The piece is a ballad that should be performed with a fair amount of rubato at the players discretion. Mallet selection for the piece is an important consideration since there needs to be clarity in the outer sections and a warm, connected tone during the chorale. The performer may wish to make a mallet change, but it should be executed very quickly so there is not an uncomfortable break in the musical flow.