Reflections on Wood explores the full range of emotional expressiveness of the marimba, from dramatic and frenetic, to delicate and gentle, from perseverance and resilience, to stars and cats. By exploring a variety of playing techniques throughout, it is ideal for high school and university students looking to demonstrate their abilities in recitals and competitions. Reflections on Wood is written for 4.3 octave marimba, making it accessible to both students and professionals seeking to add their repertoire.
Genre: Marimba (4-mallet) | # of Players: 1
Level: Medium Difficult | Duration: 20:00
Solo Marimba (4.3-octave)
Frankie’s Place is the most varied and longest of the four solos. It was also the first one composed and took the longest to write. It is at times energetic, delicate, dynamic and sweet.
This solo is for my cat, Frankie, who is all of these things. And more.
Starward contains the outer limits of both bold and gentle playing in these solos. Frenetic ascending and descending passages give way to sure-footed rhythmic chords which ease into more graceful melodies over a repeated “D”. This is the performer’s chance to take a breath and perform with a sense of reflection. To finish, the music is seemingly hurtled into space with a gradual decrescendo into nothingness.
We Go Forward is about movement, perseverance, resilience. The opening is understated to say the least. But once this is over, there is no time to rest and no turning back. The piece ends with a “cooling off” section. You did it. You made it through.
is, at its core, dramatic. For the most part, the piece can be performed with a clear division between the role of the right and left hands. In addition, the groupings provided during the 9/8 and 7/8 bars make this less difficult than it appears. The “rubato” section at bar 60 should be performed with utmost sensitivity and expression. Like a lullaby.
The eponymous Annalies, for whom this is written, is more commonly known as Anne Frank.