Rosa Alba (white rose) was composed during early 2019 over the course of a week or so. I wasn't in a very good headspace for most of that week. I had varying troublesome thoughts which would not leave the forefront of my mind, but I'm sure you're familiar with such things. Despite the situation, the piece seemed to write itself and emerge from my otherwise cluttered mind. I would describe the emergence of the piece to be kind of like a flower blooming out of a charred landscape.
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10 Etudes for marimba four hands
2 players at 1 Low-A marimba
The primo parts range from early/intermediate to intermediate/advanced, and the secondo parts are all advanced. All of these etudes fit on a Low A marimba, and they are written so that they can be played by both players on the same instrument. These etudes can be studied in the order they appear in the book, or they can also be performed as recital pieces. Each piece is 2 to 3 minutes long—that’s nearly a half hour of music in this book! Recitalists of relatively equivalent experience could switch off playing the primo and secondo parts, taking any number of the 10 etudes and performing them as a suite.
Book of all 10 etudes
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Solo for drums and caxixi with audio playback
Woven was commissioned by Michael Pratt in 2017. It was requested that I use caxixi in the piece along with drums and audio playback. Caxixi are shakers consisting of a woven basket with a flat-bottom made from dried gourd or coconut shell. The title was inspired by the basket-weave of the caxixi, but it also refers to the manner in which the audio playback and the performer’s part are woven together. A middle section of the piece requires the performer to play the drums and the caxixi simultaneously, weaving the two percussion techniques together.
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(12') – Percussion Ensemble
Heat is scored for 9 percussionists, though the entire ensemble is broken into smaller groups. These groups — a marimba quartet, percussion quartet, and a vibraphone soloist — all have moments in the piece where they are highlighted. It isn’t until the end that all of the members of the ensemble combine with a full sound.
Score & Parts
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Variants of Seven
(5') – Marimba Trio
Variants of Seven has strong minimalist elements contrasted with lyrical and groovy moments. Thematic and motivic material is developed and juxtaposed throughout. The first iteration of this piece–also my first true attempt at composing–was finished during late high school and performed during one of my last band concerts. These first attempts to compose piqued my curiosity to continue discovering more about the characteristics of different styles of music, knowledge that has contributed to the creation of nearly all of my other compositions.
(5') – Marimba Duo
A duet for two marimbas that is upbeat, fun to play, and useable for a wedding ceremony. The syncopation and rhythmic exchange is reminiscent of the dance like quality of marriage, as two people are moving through life together as a cohesive unit. The last note, to be left unresolved, communicates that a wedding is merely the beginning to a life-long commitment. This piece was written for and premiered at the wedding of Lane and Ashley Summerlin on May 9, 2015.
Sonata for Xylophone
(8') – Xylophone Solo
Written for Dr. Susan Powell in December 2015 as a gift, this piece for unaccompanied 4.0 octave xylophone is a unique mixture of contemporary, classical, and ragtime styles, fit into the form of a sonata. Virtuosic in nature, the piece makes use of the entire range of the 4.0 octave instrument and the unique timbres that are produced by its high and low registers. Since the xylophone is not a naturally resonant instrument, the time in the piece is filled mostly with many notes, though these passages are also contrasted by silent space.
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*Can also be played on a 4.0 octave marimba.*
(4') – Marimba Solo
This piece was written as a gift for my sister, Miranda. Rosa Xanthina is the species name of the yellow rose which symbolizes friendship, beauty, and confidence. "This new work not only offers challenges but also is beautifully scored. I hope it gets many performances." —George Frock, Percussive Notes.