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Six Suites for Marimba (Cello Suites) by J. S. Bach trans. Leigh Howard Stevens

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  • Overview

    • Clearest Engraving Available to Marimbists
    • Discussion of Cello Suites' Origins
    • 30 Pages of Performance Advice
    • Always A Classic In Any Setting
    • The Definitive Edition for Percussionists
  • Item Details

    Bach's Cello Suites have been a standard part of marimbists' libraries for decades, especially once the instrument became large enough to directly emulate the range of a cello. When it comes to adopting the original work to the marimba, there is no more "definitive edition" than Leigh Howard Stevens's Six Suites for Marimba.

    The six cello suites are included in their entirety, engraved in a much cleaner and easier-to-read way than most other versions out there. This reason alone might be enough to convince you to replace your old cello suites with this version, but the real treasure in this book comes before any of the notes.

    This book starts out with a preface by musicologist Dominik Sackmann that discusses the musical origins of Bach's cello suites, as well as their adaptation by marimbists.

    After the preface, Leigh Stevens has written 30 information-dense pages of information regarding performance practices, covering the following topics:

    • Why Learn to Play Bach?
    • The guiding principle: Know and Show
    • Selection of Tempo
    • Manipulation of Tempo
    • Harmonic Rhythm
    • Pulse and Rhythmic Plasticity: Tempo vs. Rhythm
    • Meter and Dance Music
    • Emotions - yours and Bach's
    • Bach slurs and bowings
    • Articulation and the production of legato
    • Mallet selection
    • Ornamentation
    • Use of the roll in Bach
    • The Oldest Question: Two or Four?
    • The Second Oldest Question: Crossed-Stick or "Stevens"?
    • Sticking
    • Study Stickings

    Difficulty: Medium to Advanced

    Requires 5.0 Octave Marimba

  • Specifications

    Name Six Suites for Marimba (Cello Suites) by J. S. Bach trans. Leigh Howard Stevens
    Brand Keyboard Percussion Publications (KPP)
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    Author/ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian""Stevens, Leigh Howard
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    State ListMissouri (Grade A)
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    Compatible With5.0 Octave Marimba (Low C2)
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