A little bit wicked-- for marimba

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Black, Aaron L.
Mueller, Erwin C. (Erwin Carl), 1930-
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Thesis (B.?.)
Honors College
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Marimba compositions in the last 20 years have become more and more complex in nature, almost to the point of absurdity. When a former student of mine commissioned me to write her a marimba piece, I gladly accepted. I set out to write a marimba piece that while being easily accessible by the common listener, would also find its place among the more abstract pieces in a musical library. I also kept in mind the player I was writing for and the interactions we have had over the years by including several musical quotes from music we worked on together. The finished piece embodies the characteristics of a new twentieth-century work while keeping the personal aspects of an older more familiar selection for both the player and the audience.