Shhh...Don’t Wake the Baby is a duo for drum set and marimba, in which the marimbist and drum set player have playful conversations. The composition ends with a nerve-racking, tension-building moment with the drummer improvising around the marimba’s accented pattern.
Genre: Duet for Marimba & Drum Set | # of Players: 2
Level: Medium | Duration: 5:30
Marimba (4.3-octave) & Temple Blocks
Shhh...Don’t Wake the Baby is a piece for percussion duo and was inspired by the composer’s experiences in trying to get their children to sleep. The composition depicts the parents’ efforts to keep quiet while still trying to have a meaningful conversation at the end of the day. In the composition, the marimbist and drum set player have playful conversations, each taking a turn shushing the other. The composition ends with a nerve-racking, tension building moment when the baby is finally asleep and the parents can sneak away to celebrate.
While the piece is highly programmatic, the music can stand on its own as a way to feature a marimbist and drum set player in a duo with room for the drummer to improvise.
The contemporary percussion duo, Duoma, premiered Shhh...Don’t Wake the Baby at the Women in Music Festival held in Columbus, Mississippi in March of 2018, and again at the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy in Fayetteville, Arkansas in May of 2018. Duoma is dedicated to performing original new music, especially that of women composers.