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Tune for Mary O. (by Rich O'Meara)

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An unusually lyrical work with a minimalistic influence. Based on Irish folk themes, "Tune for Mary 0." is a fine recital work that uses a blend of lateral sticking techniques to create melodic and accompanimental patterns.

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Musical FeaturesPrimarily written in E Major (mixolydian), with a strong folk sound. Some portions in A Major and B-flat minor as well.
Frequent changes of meter and groove, including 6/8, 3/4 , 4/2 and 3/2
Opening theme has the lively bounce of an Irish jig, but the piece becomes more fluid—and eventually serene—as it progresses.
Technical FeaturesUtilizes most major stroke types.
One very brief rolled chorale.
Recurring 5-note rolled (ripple) chord provides a bit of a challenge.
Most intervals are smaller (4ths-5ths), but there is one measure of RH octaves.
Duration5 minutes
InstrumentationMarimba 4.3 Octave - 4 Mallets
Level SuggestionHigh School