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What Goes Around Comes Around - Chris Carmean [DIGITAL SCORE]


Genre: Percussion Ensemble
# of Players: 4
Level: Medium | Duration: 4:00
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2017

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    Proving the idea that "what goes around comes around" is exactly right, Chris Carmean's piece has four players on one marimba with additional percussion. The players continually move around the instrument in what's sure to be a fun challenge and a unique audience-pleaser!

    Genre: Percussion Ensemble | # of Players: 4
    Level: Medium | Duration: 4:00

    Marimba (4.3-octave)
    2 Congas
    12” Splash Cymbal
    12” China Cymbal
    High Jam Block
    Large Cowbell

    Program Notes
    “What goes around comes around” is a saying that expresses the laws of cause and effect. The idea is that one’s actions have a direct relationship on future experiences, opportunities, successes, and failures; that there are no accidents or coincidences, and everything happens as a result of previous actions. In the musical piece What Goes Around Comes Around, the players move around the marimba, eventually making one full revolution back to their starting place. The piece is in rondo form with an aggressive and groove-based A section, including variations that explore the colors of the instrument using dead strokes and playing with the handles of the mallets The B and C sections contrast with lighter, softer, and smoother lines and compound meters. The bass line of the A and B sections is built around the circle of 4th and 5ths, respectively. The movement around the instrument results in each player performing different material in each section until they arrive back at their original starting place.

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