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First Impressions

for solo marimba
Level: Medium
Duration: 4:00
State Lists: Missouri | Indiana
Release Date: 2016
Product ID : TSPCS16-003
Price: $16.00
Item #: TSPCS16-003

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Description

First Impressions is a musical illustration of the lasting effects of a first impression by introducing an initial thematic motive, then having it recur throughout the work. In this piece, Andrew Patzig has created a great vehicle for the intermediate marimba artist to highlight their expressive musical capabilities while refining their 4-mallet technique. This solo will be equally at home in lesson studios, concert halls, or liturgical settings, providing a satisfying experience for both performers and listeners alike.

This piece ships as a printed, professionally bound folio with a full-color cover.

Instrumentation

  • Marimba—low C

Shared Recordings

Reviews

Hinting at the compositional style of “Dance of Passion” by Robert Aldridge, and the slow permutation-based works of Burritt and Sammut, this four-minute solo is full of subtle rhythmic punctuations, flexes in tempo, and a pleasing (although sometimes predictable) chord structure. Throughout the piece, the melody unfolds through a variety of techniques, including tonal-based permutations, a chorale, and a more intense and active permutation scheme towards the end. 

Harmonically, the piece is built around only a handful of chords, which can aid in the learning process for younger musicians who are not quite ready to tackle more difficult or complex literature. Pedagogically, this work also introduces a variety of four-mallet sticking requirements, as well as the necessity of communicating musical ebb and flow across long phrases of chords. It is a perfect piece for performers wanting high audience approval ratings with low-risk technical challenges in the practice room. 

–Joshua D. Smith 
Percussive Notes 
Vol. 55, No. 2, May 2017

Description

First Impressions is a musical illustration of the lasting effects of a first impression by introducing an initial thematic motive, then having it recur throughout the work. In this piece, Andrew Patzig has created a great vehicle for the intermediate marimba artist to highlight their expressive musical capabilities while refining their 4-mallet technique. This solo will be equally at home in lesson studios, concert halls, or liturgical settings, providing a satisfying experience for both performers and listeners alike.

This piece ships as a printed, professionally bound folio with a full-color cover.

Instrumentation

  • Marimba—low C

Shared Recordings

Reviews

Hinting at the compositional style of “Dance of Passion” by Robert Aldridge, and the slow permutation-based works of Burritt and Sammut, this four-minute solo is full of subtle rhythmic punctuations, flexes in tempo, and a pleasing (although sometimes predictable) chord structure. Throughout the piece, the melody unfolds through a variety of techniques, including tonal-based permutations, a chorale, and a more intense and active permutation scheme towards the end. 

Harmonically, the piece is built around only a handful of chords, which can aid in the learning process for younger musicians who are not quite ready to tackle more difficult or complex literature. Pedagogically, this work also introduces a variety of four-mallet sticking requirements, as well as the necessity of communicating musical ebb and flow across long phrases of chords. It is a perfect piece for performers wanting high audience approval ratings with low-risk technical challenges in the practice room. 

–Joshua D. Smith 
Percussive Notes 
Vol. 55, No. 2, May 2017



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