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Journey for Marimba & Piano by Matthew Coley

Model # D-MC-JOU By: Innovative Percussion
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  • Overview

    • A True Duet
    • Advanced for Both Players
    • Piano-Like Marimba Parts
    • Marimba-Like Piano Parts
    • Flagship Piece for Recital
  • Item Details

    Journey for Marimba and Piano by Matthew Coley is written in a way that reverses the 'normal' kinds of parts both instruments play - the marimba part was explicitly written as if were a piano, while the piano part features more of the rhythmic and melodic variety.

    Think of this piece as a true duet - one part does not take center stage while the other simply accompanies in the background. Both players need to be at an advanced level to handle the technical challenges found in this piece. At more than 10 minutes in length, Journey could easily be the flagship of any college recital.


    • Player 1: 5 Octave Marimba
    • Player 2: Piano

    From the composer:Journey for Solo Marimba, Piano, and Percussion Ensemble (Journey for Marimba and Piano, 2005) was composed in 2004 with several ideas in mind. First, I wanted a work of which a competent marimba player could be featured with ensembles of varietal skill levels. The work was written so that an advanced high school group could perform it with sufficient preparation time, and all college and professional groups could easily prepare the ensemble parts. The instrumentation is such that most high school groups would be able to gather everything needed, and the technical concerns in the work keep in mind that a high school will have a wide range of skill level in their players, so through the ensemble parts there should be enough variety to meet this range.

    Due to the instrumentation being chosen for practicality and limitations to the technical level of the ensemble parts the piano was added not only because it always gives a great color to the percussion ensemble, but to support the ensemble with lower voicing and sustain. Secondly, I had come up with two chord progressions that I wanted to base this work on. The first being the progression heard in the first four measures, and the second being the one that is spread throughout the B section. Thirdly, I was looking to expound on these non-traditional chord progressions in a more traditional way. Thinking closely in terms of a standard tertiary form (ABA) with typical concerto features, there is a short cadenza that leads back to the A section, and then the work closes with a rousing CODA.

    Both the chordal and structural elements of the piece were also important pedagogically, and I tried to keep them clear throughout the work for that reason. Finally, I am continually searching to write marimba music that would be more akin to what would be written for the piano. I try to steer clear of the main impetus of the marimba writing, i.e. chordal and thematic material, being sprung from idiomatic combinations. That is not to say that some of those idiomatic vignettes didn’t make their way into the work, they are just combated with polyphonic and "pianistic" type material. Journey is challenging for the soloist, but can provide an exciting voyage for all involved. - Matthew Coley

  • Specifications

    Name Journey for Marimba & Piano by Matthew Coley
    Brand Innovative Percussion
    Model # D-MC-JOU
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    Number of Orchestra Bells
    Number of Crotales
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    Author/ComposerColey, Matthew
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