Nine Works for Marimba and Piano


This work is a collection of nine original works, some specifically written for the Marimba and Piano, and some special arrangements of the composer’s other chamber works.  Marimbist, Peter Gillespie, chose his favourite works from the repertoire of Yvonne for this compilation.

The harmonic material for these works was derived from simple triadic structures that had been removed from their traditional reliance on key and mode.  By progressing freely through the independent triads, new and constantly changing chromatic relationships are revealed.  The construction of melody was related directly to this non-functional triadic method.  No longer confined to a specific mode, melody could explore chromatic possibilities with unusual freedom while being supported by either related or possibly contradictory triadic movement.

Complementing the harmonic and melodic language was the utilization of additive and traditional rhythmic presentations.  In the construction of both melody and accompaniment, rhythmic alternations of two or three beat groupings provided the motivation for musical expression.

Contents include:  Arachnid (10 minutes), Catnip (6 minutes), Excursion (2.5 minutes), It’s About Time (10.5 minutes), Penny for Your Thoughts (4 minutes), Razzle (7 minutes), Dazzle (5.5 minutes), Sleeves of Green (5 minutes), and Five Vignettes (15 minutes).

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Instrumentation:  Marimba and Piano

Duration:  65.5 minutes