5 Pieces for Marimba Solo - Vol.4
- Emmanuel Sejourné
- ALPHONSE LEDUC
5 Pieces pour Marimba Solo by Emmanuel Sejourne contains a handful of short pieces that are all audience-friendly and accessible to advanced high school or early college percussionists. Each solo has a different compositional style:
- Balafon is named after a Guinean percussion instrument and features a lot of playing on different zones of the bars to create color differences on the fly. The entire piece is a melody, with no harmony - it sounds like a traditional Guinean tune.
- Ambira is inspired by Ethiopian rhythms, featuring bar dampening and intentional buzzing to recreate the sound of the actual ambira instrument.
- Akadinda may be the most popular movement, featuring two completely independent lines that interweave (sometimes in a very complicated way) in a style inspired by the traditional Ugandan instrument of the same name.
- Generalife is much more aggressive and rhythmic, and is suggested to be played in a brutal style.
- Pretexte is a groovy, jazz-based solo completely unlike everything else in the book.