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June Bug

for solo marimba
Level: Med-Easy
Duration: 2:00
Release Date: 2021
Product ID : TSPCS21-014
Price: $11.00
Item #: TSPCS21-014

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Description

Andrew Smit wrote June Bug in anticipation of the birth of his daughter, with the title referring to a June birth date. He intends for the piece to “commemorate the start of her learning how to do everything.” So, much of the musical inspiration is derived from nursery songs; the main rhythmic motif is meant to mimic the baby babble of “dada” or “mama.”

The piece is very simple, with a straightforward melody and repeating ostinato. Only two techniques are used throughout: double vertical strokes and single independent strokes. Basic interval changes are also explored, ranging from 4ths to 6ths. It’s an ideal etude for percussionists who are early in their four-mallet development!

June Bug ships as a printed, professionally bound folio with a full-color cover.

Instrumentation

  • Marimba (low A)

Reviews

“June Bug” is perfect for those looking to simultaneously sharpen their technical skills and musicality. This medium-easy piece contains only double vertical and single independent strokes, and includes intervallic changes in each hand: 4ths, 5ths, and 6ths. “June Bug” can easily teach students how to find a melody that is interwoven between left and right hand, common in marimba music, by following the melodic line (no matter what hand it’s in) and bringing it out of the texture. Additionally, there are a variety of dynamic markings included, perfect for students to work on touch on marimba. Since the material is repetitive and ostinato-based, the differences that the performer makes in volume and touch are clear.

The sentimental program notes for this piece are beautiful, and a great motivation for adding musical expression, especially for students who are learning to divine composers’ intent when preparing for a performance. “June Bug” makes a lovely addition to the developing marimbist’s repertoire.

—Cassie Bunting
Percussive Notes
Vol. 60, No. 2, April 2022

Description

Andrew Smit wrote June Bug in anticipation of the birth of his daughter, with the title referring to a June birth date. He intends for the piece to “commemorate the start of her learning how to do everything.” So, much of the musical inspiration is derived from nursery songs; the main rhythmic motif is meant to mimic the baby babble of “dada” or “mama.”

The piece is very simple, with a straightforward melody and repeating ostinato. Only two techniques are used throughout: double vertical strokes and single independent strokes. Basic interval changes are also explored, ranging from 4ths to 6ths. It’s an ideal etude for percussionists who are early in their four-mallet development!

June Bug ships as a printed, professionally bound folio with a full-color cover.

Instrumentation

  • Marimba (low A)

Reviews

“June Bug” is perfect for those looking to simultaneously sharpen their technical skills and musicality. This medium-easy piece contains only double vertical and single independent strokes, and includes intervallic changes in each hand: 4ths, 5ths, and 6ths. “June Bug” can easily teach students how to find a melody that is interwoven between left and right hand, common in marimba music, by following the melodic line (no matter what hand it’s in) and bringing it out of the texture. Additionally, there are a variety of dynamic markings included, perfect for students to work on touch on marimba. Since the material is repetitive and ostinato-based, the differences that the performer makes in volume and touch are clear.

The sentimental program notes for this piece are beautiful, and a great motivation for adding musical expression, especially for students who are learning to divine composers’ intent when preparing for a performance. “June Bug” makes a lovely addition to the developing marimbist’s repertoire.

—Cassie Bunting
Percussive Notes
Vol. 60, No. 2, April 2022


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