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Rain dancing

Sheet Music: Score

Rain dancing : for solo marimba / Katherine Rawlings

by Katherine Rawlings (2000)

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  • Instrumentation: Marimba (5 octaves).
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  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Marianne Broadfoot, Clare Kahn from the CD Lucid dreaming

    (this sample is of the violin and cello duo version of this work)


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Originally written for the marimba this piece was workshopped with percussionist Carmen Chan. As this was the first piece I had written for solo marimba, when I first began writing this piece, my mind was focused on the idea that a marimba piece should be written in perpetual motion (with rapid repetitive note patterns), because of the short duration of the notes when struck. When I asked Carmen to play through my initial ideas, one of the first things she said was, "it's very pianistic!". These words continued to haunt me as I tried to work with and develop my ideas. The material I was producing sounded empty and directionless to me, and the more I tried to bring meaning to the piece the more I began to hate it. I later realised that I was getting too caught up with the idea of writing in perpetual motion and was not concentrating enough on the content of the music. So I began the piece again from scratch - this time, instead of getting caught up in the idea that a marimba piece must move with constant motion, I focused instead on creating something that was both harmonically and rhythmically interesting. With this focus in mind, the piece seemed to write itself

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (4p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Masters level or higher

Duration: 2 mins, 30 sec.

Includes programme note and performance directions.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: M-67300-354-5

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This work also exists as the following versions:
- Duos: Violin, cello


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