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Vertigo by Andy Harnsberger

Model # E-AH-VER By: Innovative Percussion
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  • Overview

    • Difficulty: Advanced
    • Duration: 11:30
    • Solo Marimba Plays Lots of Notes
    • Percussion Trio Holds the Pulse
  • Item Details

    Vertigo by Andy Harnsberger is a single movement work for solo marimba and percussion trio. Each person within the trio plays a multi-percussion setup and they together provide color and rhythmic accompaniment to the marimba's onslaught of runs, broken chords, and complicated ostinato patterns.

    This solo marimba part is written to represent the feeling of vertigo, where someone experiences an overwhelmingly dizzy feeling. Often times it feels as if the marimba is going to lose control, but the percussion trio as the static presence, the stability within the confusion.

    In order to perform this piece with splendor, it will require three percussionists that can be the rhythmic pulse no matter how crazy all of the music seems, and a marimba player with chops for days! This is a great piece for college-level performers.


    • Solo Marimba
    • Marimba
    • Two Bass Drums, Two Sets of Three Toms
    • Bongos (2), Small Cymbals (2), Rainsticks (2)
    • Gong, Temple Blocks, Timbales (2)
    • Snare Drum, Cymbals, Hi Hat, Tuned Gong, Slapstick

    Difficulty: Advanced

    Duration: 11:30

    Notes from the Composer: "Vertigo was written in 1998 and premiered at the Louisville Day of Percussion on April 10, 1999 with the University of Louisville Percussion Ensemble. The piece is in six sections, delineated by tempo and texture. Vertigo is defined as 'a disordered state in which the individual or his environs seem to whirl dizzily; a dizzy confused state of mind'. I have attempted to represent this state both in the marimba and the percussion writing. At times, the marimba seems to be spinning out of control, while there is stability in the percussion parts. There are also times where the accents and rhythms in the percussion parts create a sense of instability and confusion. Devoted classic rock fans will notice quotes from some popular rock songs, each with a unique accompaniment."

  • Specifications

    Name Vertigo by Andy Harnsberger
    Brand Innovative Percussion
    Model # E-AH-VER
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