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South Kolora

for solo marimba
Level: Medium
Duration: 3:00
State Lists: Texas | Missouri | Ohio
Release Date: 2012
Product ID : TSPCS-30
Price: $15.00
Item #: TSPCS-30

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Live performance by Alex Stopa.


Description

South Kolora is a lyrical solo marimba chorale by Alex Stopa characterized by a beautiful poem about the circle of life written by the composer’s great grandfather. Included in the sheet music are both versions for 5-octave, and 4.3-octave marimbas. The warmth and beauty in this piece are timeless, and it provides a wonderful vehicle for marimbists to study voice leading and roll quality.


Instrumentation

  • Marimba*


*Both a 5-octave, low C part and a 4.3-octave, low A part have been included.

Reviews

Short and sweet. This three-minute chorale attempts to capture the sentiment of a great-grandfather’s poetry. It would serve nicely as a way to showcase the musical capabilities of a young percussionist.

The work utilizes rolls exclusively. Although it is on the easier side, an advanced player may use this piece to develop roll technique in all forms (double vertical, double lateral, and independent). Rhythmically, no issues should arise, and the intervals are very idiomatic for the instrument.

Finding works for younger students is not always easy. Albeit overpriced for a piece of this length, Stopa provides an outlet for musical expression that is accessible for inexperienced performers.

–T. Adam Blackstock
Percussive Notes 
Vol. 51, No. 3, May 2013 

Description

South Kolora is a lyrical solo marimba chorale by Alex Stopa characterized by a beautiful poem about the circle of life written by the composer’s great grandfather. Included in the sheet music are both versions for 5-octave, and 4.3-octave marimbas. The warmth and beauty in this piece are timeless, and it provides a wonderful vehicle for marimbists to study voice leading and roll quality.


Instrumentation

  • Marimba*


*Both a 5-octave, low C part and a 4.3-octave, low A part have been included.

Reviews

Short and sweet. This three-minute chorale attempts to capture the sentiment of a great-grandfather’s poetry. It would serve nicely as a way to showcase the musical capabilities of a young percussionist.

The work utilizes rolls exclusively. Although it is on the easier side, an advanced player may use this piece to develop roll technique in all forms (double vertical, double lateral, and independent). Rhythmically, no issues should arise, and the intervals are very idiomatic for the instrument.

Finding works for younger students is not always easy. Albeit overpriced for a piece of this length, Stopa provides an outlet for musical expression that is accessible for inexperienced performers.

–T. Adam Blackstock
Percussive Notes 
Vol. 51, No. 3, May 2013 



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