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Mind Blow (Solo Marimba)


Genre: Marimba (4-mallet)
# of Players: 1
Level: Difficult | Duration: 8:30
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2017

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    Written for percussionist Marco Schirripa, Mind Blow is a challenging 3-movement concert work for solo 5-octave marimba. As compositionally sophisticated as it is, the piece is equally as delightful for the audience as it is for the performer.

    Genre: Marimba (4-mallet) | # of Players: 1
    Level: Difficult | Duration: 8:30

    Marimba (5-octave)

    Program Notes
    When my friend Marco Schirripa was a student at Ithaca College, I asked him to play in my band The OXtet. He was too busy at the time, so I wrote him a marimba solo instead. The first movement, Hockey in the Winter, reminded me of ice skating and, therefore, the lyrics to the Frank Zappa song "Honey Don't You Want a Man Like Me." The second movement, So Romantic, is the “love song” portion of the piece and the title refers to a song of the same name by Sean Stolar. It also is the movement where the twelve tone row of the piece is introduced. The third movement, Moonshadows, is rather similar to the OXtet dance contest tune “Electronic Rondo.” Moonshadows, also known as Moonies, is also a popular dance club in Ithaca.


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    • Mind Blow... - Josh Oxford

      Mind Blow... (2013) by Josh Oxford. Written for Marco Schirripa and premiered July 27th, 2013 in the final round of the Great Plains International Marimba Competition. I. Hockey in the Winter II. So Romantic III. Moonshadows Dance
    • Mind Blow... (Mvt. 3) - Josh Oxford

      Mind Blow... (Mvt. 3, Moonshadows Dance), by Josh Oxford. Performed by Marco Schirripa as part of the 2014 Great Plains International Marimba Competition 2013 Winner's Concert, 7/19/2014.
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