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Theme with Six Variations (by Raymond Helble)

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One of Raymond Helble's many compositional talents is the ability to immitate the style of almost any famous composer. He can write convincingly in a way to persuade the listener that Mozart or Beethovan actually wrote for marimba. Not only is this set of variations a great way to study the performance style of these composers (without actually doing a transcription!), the set is also a delightful and slightly humorous treat for the audience. The compositional "slight of hand" is totally convincing. A theme in the style of Schubert, is followed with variations in the style of Mozart, Beethovan, Strauss, Dvorak, Chopin and Wagner.


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Musical FeaturesMeter = “Theme” = 4/4 throughout; “Variation I” = ¾; “Variation II” = slow 4/4, “Variation III” = “Cut-time”; “Variation IV” = slow ¾; “Variation V” = 4/4 with quarter note = 56-62; “Variation VI” = fast 2/4.
Tempo = varies per movement, all very reasonable tempo
Each Variation is written in the “style” of a “classic” composer (i.e. Mozart, R Strauss, Beethoven, Chopin, Wagner, and Dvorak)
Expressive markings = somewhat limited, but dynamic markings are indicated throughout all variations.
Technical FeaturesLots of double vertical stroke types along w/ some single-independent rolls.
Roll types include single-independent and hand-to-hand.
Many intervals from 2nds to octaves in both hands. Some double-lateral strokes move in contrary motion that may be a little challenging for the less advanced performer. Lots of double vertical stroke types along w/ some single-independent rolls.
Roll types include single-independent and hand-to-hand *Many intervals from 2nds to octaves in both hands. Some double-lateral strokes move in contrary motion that may be a little challenging for the less advanced performer.
The piece is technically idiomatic for the marimba, but written for an advanced player.
DurationEach mvt. varies, generally 3-4 minutes each
InstrumentationMarimba 4.3 Octave - 4 Mallets
Level SuggestionCollege/Professional