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Linea by Luciano Berio

Linea by Luciano Berio is a piece written in 1973 for two pianos, a vibraphone and a marimba. It's a nice piece… but also an enormous mess. In May 2014, I performed “Linea” - the vibraphone part - during a concert from which a dvd was produced by the Italian label Stradivarius. Today I'll discuss […] Read More

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How to study marimba - part 3

How to study a new piece for marimba – Part 3

After having practiced the infallible study method I introduced you to in my last post to help you correctly learn a new marimba piece, you are finally ready to actually play in front of an audience and/or to record your beautiful CD as a soloist. Worst case scenario, your music teacher will be the only […] Read More

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How to study marimba

How to study a new piece for marimba – Part 2

We are finally going to be studying! Well, if this is what you think, then it means that you don’t grasp at all the utter importance of the work you should have done BEFORE starting with the actual study process of a new piece for marimba. In my previous post I already talked to you […] Read More

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Marimba, where to start

How to study a new piece for marimba – Part 1

Studying a new piece for marimba is a big mess. Or at least this is what my students think. And this is also what I used to think at their age before I actually found an effective study method. In my next three posts, starting with the one today, I will explain what I remind […] Read More

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Bach Cello Suite 1, prelude. On marimba.

The first time I ran across Bach’s Cello Suites was a few years ago, when I was preparing for an audition with the Bern Orchestra that required a performance of the whole third suite in C major. What I have left of the time spent preparing an audition I never got to do (long story…) is […] Read More

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Marimba solo repertoire

Yes, I have a problem: I can’t find any original piece for marimba that wouldn't make me fall asleep while I listen to it. I know, it’s a problem that maybe only I have, I admit it. I should also admit, by the way, that this is a good excuse not to face a certain […] Read More

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Keyboard Percussion

Get a piano, take out some octaves, enlarge the keys, add some resonators and… here you are! You've just created a mallet percussion, which will be the topic of this post that resumes the subject started on the post about the classification of percussion instruments. Now, is the result a very big instrument so that you have […] Read More

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