Endless Mountains Wooden (2005)

for marimba orchestra


This work wascompleted in the fall of 2005. It was composed expressly for the Taiwan International Percussion Convention 2005, and is dedicated to Tzong-ching Ju for his tireless devotion to the development of percussion and the marimba in Taiwan. I tried to capture the breadth, scope and magnificance of the sound of the marimba orchestra in this music, and the image of large and beautiful mountains came to my mind.. There is an “endless” rhythm which goes throughout almost all of the piece. And, of course, the most important part of the marimba is the wood that makes the keys (Honduras Rosewood). I have always been fascinated in the marimba as a lyrical and vocal instrument - “the wood that sings” - and therefore have some of the marimbists singing throughout the composition. It is my hope that this music will successfully enable the spirit and sound of the marimba orchestra to entice your ears, and touch your heart.  Published by Keyboard Percussion Publications (www.mostlymarimba.com).

The recording contained herein is an mp3 for the Sibelius file, using Sibelius 6 Essential sounds.