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for solo marimba
Level: Medium
Duration: 2:15
State Lists: Missouri | Texas | Florida
Release Date: 2022
Product ID : TSPCS22-014DL
Price: $11.00
Item #: TSPCS22-014DL

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Description

Written for the developing marimba player, Caravan by Larry Lawless features a camel-like ostinato throughout the piece that serves as the performer's "home-base" between various technical demands. The thematic ostinato focuses primarily on developing single independent motions and small interval double vertical control.

Throughout the piece, Lawless incorporates a variety of musical interjections with scalar single independent and sweeping double lateral licks giving the performer a chance to further refine their skills.

Caravan is intended as a companion piece to Escape by Larry Lawless.

Use of this product is governed by the license terms outlined here.

Instrumentation

Marimba — 4-octave

Reviews

A comfortable groove with various musical interjections creates the groundwork for Larry Lawless’s newest marimba solo. “Caravan” features a frequently repeating pattern with interesting fills used to create melodic motion and musical direction throughout this short work. As a companion piece to his work “Escape,” this particular piece relies less on melodies and focuses more on the interest within the interruptions as the main musical material. Lawless’s use of octatonic scales and chromaticism creates some exciting non-traditional sonorities within a developmental piece. 

The piece plugs along smoothly with constant forward motion, intending to create an image of a pacing camel, with various interjections that serve as the real meat of the material. The opening theme reminds me of a slower version of “Spanish Dance” by Kai Stensgaard, using a major second in the right hand against a slightly varied left-hand bass motion. Many of the figures used as fill material are designed for single independent technique growth using various scales, including octatonic, major, and minor variations. One repeating idea incorporates some quick double laterals, but the motion is simple and chromatic with comfortable intervals, creating an idiomatic phrase that should be playable by most developing four-mallet marimbists.

“Caravan” is well suited as a teaching piece for many developing percussionists. With the frequency of interval changes and various rhythmic variations, it is more challenging than a true beginner piece for four mallets, but fits well in a four-mallet curriculum working on double stops, groove with variations, and independent strokes. This fun, catchy two-minute groove can help players develop as they prepare for lengthier repertoire.

—Matthew Geiger
Percussive Notes
Vol. 61, No. 1, February 2023

Description

Written for the developing marimba player, Caravan by Larry Lawless features a camel-like ostinato throughout the piece that serves as the performer's "home-base" between various technical demands. The thematic ostinato focuses primarily on developing single independent motions and small interval double vertical control.

Throughout the piece, Lawless incorporates a variety of musical interjections with scalar single independent and sweeping double lateral licks giving the performer a chance to further refine their skills.

Caravan is intended as a companion piece to Escape by Larry Lawless.

Use of this product is governed by the license terms outlined here.

Instrumentation

Marimba — 4-octave

Reviews

A comfortable groove with various musical interjections creates the groundwork for Larry Lawless’s newest marimba solo. “Caravan” features a frequently repeating pattern with interesting fills used to create melodic motion and musical direction throughout this short work. As a companion piece to his work “Escape,” this particular piece relies less on melodies and focuses more on the interest within the interruptions as the main musical material. Lawless’s use of octatonic scales and chromaticism creates some exciting non-traditional sonorities within a developmental piece. 

The piece plugs along smoothly with constant forward motion, intending to create an image of a pacing camel, with various interjections that serve as the real meat of the material. The opening theme reminds me of a slower version of “Spanish Dance” by Kai Stensgaard, using a major second in the right hand against a slightly varied left-hand bass motion. Many of the figures used as fill material are designed for single independent technique growth using various scales, including octatonic, major, and minor variations. One repeating idea incorporates some quick double laterals, but the motion is simple and chromatic with comfortable intervals, creating an idiomatic phrase that should be playable by most developing four-mallet marimbists.

“Caravan” is well suited as a teaching piece for many developing percussionists. With the frequency of interval changes and various rhythmic variations, it is more challenging than a true beginner piece for four mallets, but fits well in a four-mallet curriculum working on double stops, groove with variations, and independent strokes. This fun, catchy two-minute groove can help players develop as they prepare for lengthier repertoire.

—Matthew Geiger
Percussive Notes
Vol. 61, No. 1, February 2023


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