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Etude No. 1 (by Paul Smadbeck)

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Musical FeaturesRegular meter with odd groupings (4+3+3). The piece contains three sections starting with a quick sequential 16th note passage. The B section is a slow roll section in. This middle section has a moving line in the soprano voice with 3 voice accompaniment below, nice contrast and not too hard. The end section has ideas from the beginning and ends with quick sequential motion.
Technical FeaturesThe piece is relatively idiomatic, requiring sequential patterns to be executed with one hand on the upper manual (accidentals) and one hand on the lower manual (white notes). The left hand is required to shift quickly around the instrument among the quick 16th note passages. Common permutations are 1234, 243, and 234. The difficulty in this piece comes from shifting fluidly around the instrument and being able to execute alternating strokes at a small interval.
Duration2 minutes, 50 seconds
InstrumentationMarimba 4.3 Octave - 4 Mallets
Level SuggestionHigh School, College