Nocturnes for Marimba (1990)

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1990. A collection of 10 pieces for four mallet marimba, ranging in difficulty from moderate to difficult. My idea with these pieces was to write music for the intermediate marimbist, by limiting myself to two hours to start and finish a composition, thus forcing myself not to write music that was too difficult. I accomplished that goal with the first four Nocturnes before becoming more involved in the compositional process starting with the fifth Nocturne, thus ending up with more difficult compositions. They are mostly based on musical ideas, and thus weren't etudes to develop a specific technique. I didn't want to title them "preludes" (like the Helble compositions), and therefore the use of the word "nocturne" in the title. Timing: from 2-6 minutes each. Published by Keyboard Percussion Publications (