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Tall Tales (Solo 4-Mallet Marimba)

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Genre: Marimba (4-mallet)
# of Players: 1
Level: Medium Easy | Duration: 21:10
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2020

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    All playable on a 4.3-octave instrument, Tall Tales is a varied collection of 8 solos for the developing 4-mallet marimbist. Each of the engaging solos has its own programmatic spin on it, which makes it even more fun for performers and audiences alike.

    Genre: Marimba (4-mallet) | # of Players: 1
    Level: Medium Easy | Duration: 21:10

    Instrumentation
    Marimba (4.3-octave)

    Program Notes
    In the literary world, tall tales are a type of short story that spring up from old legends. They always have a fantastical element to them—they’re “larger than life,” so to speak, and are written to inspire those who read them. For writers of fiction, there’s this idea that short stories are where writers learn to write. Before you can bang out the next War and Peace on your old Corona typewriter, you have to learn a thing or two about plotting, character development, and other authorly crafts. And the best way to learn those things? Through writing short stories and tall tales.

    Tall Tales is designed to do the same thing for beginning four mallet players. This collection of eight short pieces gives beginning marimba players several opportunities to practice fundamental techniques and musical expression as they grow into intermediate players. By learning the pieces in this collection, players will develop several fundamental musical skills, including basic stroke types, different permutations, dynamic range, and lyrical expression.

    Each piece, or “tale,” in the collection, like a literary tall tale, revolves around a unique main idea or theme, giving players a new challenge with each piece they learn. From the rich, powerful chorales of “Unexpected Turns” to the rushing, arpeggiated accents of “High Tide,” each piece presents students a new way to grow as musicians.

    This variety of styles and themes also means these pieces lend themselves well to performance in addition to pedagogy. Students can perform a single Tale or several Tales in any order to best suit their own needs and repertoire. Performers and audiences alike will appreciate the Tales’ programmatic versatility.

    - R.C.

  • Video

    • Waves at the Shoreline for 4.3 Octave Marimba (from Tall Tales) by Robert Clayson

      Robert Clayson, Marimba "Waves at the Shoreline" is the first piece in the "Tall Tales" collection. It is meant to be used as a performer's first adventure into four-mallet playing, due to its minimal demand for technical skill (just rolls and single independents). For more information on "Tall Tales" please check out my website! https://www.robertclaysonpercussion.com
    • Unexpected Turns for 4.3 Octave Marimba (from Tall Tales) by Robert Clayson

      Robert Clayson, Marimba "Unexpected Turns" gets its name from the piece unexpectedly going between C Major and A Minor. This technique is often used in many marimba compositions, so it is a good idea to be introduced to it early on. This piece utilizes right-hand octaves, but there are minimal challenges beyond that. For more information on "Tall Tales" please check out my website! https://www.robertclaysonpercussion.com
    • Sitting in the Armchair for 4.3 Octave Marimba (from Tall Tales) by Robert Clayson

      Robert Clayson, Marimba "Sitting in the Armchair" is a laid back selection that is composed like a song. It is rather repetitive, which gives the performer the opportunity to experiment with making repetitions sound different each time. This piece utilizes a left-hand ostinato under a melody mainly played in the right hand, which is another common technique found in many marimba compositions. For more information on "Tall Tales" please check out my website! https://www.robertclaysonpercussion.com
    • Lullaby for 4.3 Octave Marimba (from Tall Tales) by Robert Clayson

      Robert Clayson, Marimba Perhaps one of my favorites in the collection, "Lullaby" is a piece that gives the performer the opportunity to explore a calmer side of the instrument. This piece has a melody that utilizes all four mallets at different points, which helps the beginner performer work on the balance between all four sticks. The biggest technical challenge in this piece is the use of the smaller intervals- some of which are multi-manual (one note on the natural bars and the other on the sharp bars). For more information on "Tall Tales" please check out my website! https://www.robertclaysonpercussion.com
    • Ritual for 4.3 Octave Marimba (from Tall Tales) by Robert Clayson

      Robert Clayson, Marimba "Ritual" is a more upbeat and aggressive piece than the ones that come before it. This piece utilizes double verticals almost exclusively, with a few single independent strokes here and there. I believe that this would also be a good first or second piece for beginners to "cut their teeth on" so to speak. For more information on "Tall Tales" please check out my website! https://www.robertclaysonpercussion.com
    • A Simpler Time for 4.3 Octave Marimba (from Tall Tales) by Robert Clayson

      Robert Clayson, Marimba "A Simpler Time" returns to the more calm nature of this collection and utilizes a right-hand ostinato with a left-hand melody. While this compositional technique is certainly less common than using a left-hand ostinato with a right-hand melody, there are still a few works out there that this piece will help develop the technical skills required to play them. For more information on "Tall Tales" please check out my website! https://www.robertclaysonpercussion.com
    • Pictures of an Old Home for 4.3 Octave Marimba (from Tall Tales) by Robert Clayson

      Robert Clayson, Marimba "Pictures of an Old Home" is my musical portrayal of the old abandoned houses you sometimes find out in the country. The piece utilizes multi-manual playing just like "Lullaby", but this piece adds the interval of a 6th instead of just using the 3rd. For more information on "Tall Tales" please check out my website! https://www.robertclaysonpercussion.com
    • High Tide for 4.3 Octave Marimba (from Tall Tales) by Robert Clayson

      Robert Clayson, Marimba Rounding out the collection is a more aggressive piece, "High Tide". This piece begins with running sixteenth notes, spends some time in a short chorale style section, before returning to the swirling lines of sixteenth notes that started the piece. For more information on "Tall Tales" please check out my website! https://www.robertclaysonpercussion.com
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