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Marimba Movie

marimba, piano (7'30)

I composed Marimba Movie for marimba and woodwind ensemble in 2009 and arranged the work for marimba and piano in 2018.

The work is a joyful and rhythmic piece in a broadly ABA structure, with rapid outer sections and a slower, mellower central part; the main theme frequently reappears in various forms. The piece is contrapuntal in nature and involves a constant dialogue of lucid textures between the instruments.


The marimba and piano arrangement was recorded by GBSR duo, with George Barton on marimba and Siwan Rhys on piano, and their recording was broadcast on BBC Radio 3's In Tune in March 2019. This was my first radio broadcast - on Radio 3's prime time show no less - and the show's presenter, Katie Derham, memorably described the work as 'jaunty'.

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