Crystal Mallet

I wrote this song in 1995 as an exploration of using the 4 mallets to create a Soprano-Alto-Tenor-Bass functionality. After the first theme is presented, the Alto, Tenor and Soprano voices harmonize. Towards the end we return to 4 parts. Dead strokes help to enlarge the pallete of articulation possibilities, and are used freely throughout. It has become the most popular vibes solo of mine! Likely due to it's melodic clarity and lyricism, it is a favorite for beginning four-mallet players of all ages.

Performance notes:

Keep a steady pulse. Balance SATB voices carefully with dynamics. "+" denotes dead strokes. Playing time 3-4 mins.



 
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