MERRY GO ROUND
for solo marimba (six-mallet)
Instrumentation: solo 4 1/3 octave marimba (six mallets)
World Premiere: Composer’s Forum, Eastman School of Music, Kilbourn Hall, Rochester, NY, May 27, 1990.
Publisher: Bill Holab Music
Introduction to My Six-Mallet Technique | Basic Six Mallet Exercises
Merry Go Round is the first of four projected pieces based on themes relating to children’s experiences. It starts out sounding like the music played on a merry go round at a fair but becomes dizzy toward the end. My inspiration for this piece occurred one day when I was with a girlfriend. I was standing in front of my marimba, fooling around and showing off. To impress her, I grabbed three mallets in each hand and clumsily proceeded to play a simple “oompah-pah” pattern with my left hand while playing a melody with my right. It was the first time I had ever tried to play with six mallets at once, and it all started out as an accident. I was inspired, so I developed that pattern into this playful piece, the first one I ever wrote for marimba played with six mallets.