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rock house creek (2007)

Medium: Duet for Vibraphone & Marimba
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Composed: 2007
Duration: 6:30+
Difficulty: Grade 5


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5-octave Marimba
*Also includes a lead sheet for adding additional instruments (such as mandolin, bass, banjo, etc) and a drum set part 

Robert O, vibraphone | Zach W, marimba | Joey H, drums
Cinco Ranch High School (TX)

Commissioned by Michael and Sara Wood, Rock House Creek is infused with the progressive bluegrass sounds that have emerged out of the last 10-15 years from such players as Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, and Mike Marshall. The work opens rather introspectively with hints of the grooves that are to come. It quickly moves into the first fast section that features solos in both the vibraphone and marimba with opportunities for improvisation. The mood begins to calm and transitions smoothly into a sweet, music box-like ballad using thematic material from the peaceful opening of the piece. The marimba also plays an more relaxed version of one of the groove motives from earlier in the piece. After a brief stint in 7/8, the ballad returns and moves into the final fast section, in which the time signature alternates between 4/4 and 7/8. Again, both instruments are alternately features in solo roles driving to the end of the work.