Diptych No. 2 (1979)

marimba solo with percussion ensemble


1979. For eight players (one is piano and celeste) and solo marimba. Written for John Beck and the Eastman School of Music Percussion Ensemble, and commissioned by Richard Gipson and the University of Oklahoma Commissioning Series. My second composition for percussion ensemble, it again follows the musical plan of having the fast movement first, and the slow movement second. The primary rhythmic ideas were taken from some odd meter snare drum etudes that I had written, but never finished. This is a difficult work forpercussion ensemble, requiring a good pianist, and a marimbist who has a strong technique and sound. The percussionists are required to sing during one section of the slower movement. Publisher: OU Percussion Press