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Almost Beyond (2017)

Medium: Percussion Ensemble (6-8 players)
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Composed: 2017
Duration: 5:00
Difficulty: Grade 4

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Bells & Crotales (2 octaves)*
Vibraphone 1
Vibraphone 2
Chimes & Xylophone
Marimba 1 (4.3-octave)
Marimba 2 (5-octave)

Optional Percussion 1 (suspended cymbal, wind chimes)
Optional Percussion 2 (concert bass drum, tam-tam)

*If Crotales are unavailable, this entire part may be played on Bells.

Originally a marimba & piano duet commissioned by Una Duo (Jeff & Rebecca McNair Calissi), Almost Beyond was inspired by the poem and beautiful watercolor print of the same name by StoryPeople creator Brian Andreas (

She laid on my chest
& her breathing
filled me to
almost beyond
what I could hold.

This new version for 6-8 percussionists is dedicated to my wife Katie, who along with our daughter Penelope, is the center of my universe. The world premiere took place at the 2017 Percussive Arts Society International Convention by the Bak Middle School of the Arts Percussion Ensemble, directed by Eric Rucker.