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Well-Tempered Marimbist, Book II (by Raymond Helble)

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How many times have your heard (or said to yourself) "why isn't there more good intermediate level music for the four-mallet marimbist?" Here it is, in quantity and quality. Twenty-four new pieces in two sets. It's called the "Well-Tempered Marimbist" (WTM for short), because each of the pieces is in a different key, like Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier". Each piece was written with specific musical and technical challenges in mind. They cover a wide variety of styles and forms - toccatas, arias, and dances in both homophonic and polyphonic settings. The pieces in each set can be combined into all manner of suites of different lengths. Book II is definitely a step or two above the first in terms of musical and technical complexity.

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Musical FeaturesModeled after Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier, Helble’s Well Tempered Marimbist is a collection of short pieces written in various keys and classical forms. (Da Capo Aria, Toccata, March, etc.) Each piece uses tonal harmonic progressions and simple textures with basic rh-melody, lh-accompaniment lines. Helble uses a lot of contrapuntal writing in addition to simple song forms.
Technical FeaturesAll stroke types are utilized, all roll types are utilized, depending on which etudes you are playing.
Each piece is idiomatic, although there are a few spots in each piece which offer some difficulty.
Quick interval shifts and some tough reaches scattered throughout.
DurationEach movement is 2.5 -3 minutes long. Total book is about 32-36 min.
InstrumentationMarimba 4.3 Octave - 4 Mallets
Level SuggestionHigh School, College/Professional