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Rain dancing : for solo marimba

by Katherine Rawlings (2000)

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

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Lucid dreaming : a concert of works / by Katherine Rawlings

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Rain dancing : for solo marimba / Katherine Rawlings

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Work Overview

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

Work Details

Year: 2000

Instrumentation: Marimba (5 octaves).

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Masters level or higher

Written for: Carmen Chan

Performances of this work

3 Apr 2017: at Lost in the Looping Glass (St Pancras Old Church (London)). Featuring Helen Bower, Maria Rodriguez Reina.

6 Nov 2016: at An Afternoon At St Linus - Spring Edition 2016 (St. Linus' Anglican Church, Merlynston). Featuring Helen Bower, Lachlan Dent.

17 Feb 06: Melba Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne

17 Feb 06: Melba Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne. Featuring Clare Kahn, Marianne Broadfoot.

10 Feb 06: Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Clare Kahn, Marianne Broadfoot.

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