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Dustin Schulze

Raspberry Tango for marimba quartet

Raspberry Tango by Dustin Schulze Š 2012 Tapspace Publications, LLC (ASCAP). Portland, OR. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Printed in USA. www.tapspace.com Notice of Liability: Any duplication, adaptation, or arrangement of this composition requires the written consent of the copyright owner. No part of this composition may be photocopied or reproduced in any way without permission. Unauthorized uses are an infringement of the U.S. Copyright Act and are punishable by law.

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Program Notes This piece was inspired by a trip to Manhattan in the spring of 2011. When I returned to Texas, I had a few melodies dancing around in my brain that I had to get out. I started writing a quartet that I wanted to be playful and have a nice motion to it. After settling on the two main melodies, I tried to create some unique counterpoint and harmony to make it more colorful. The phrase “Raspberry Tango” jumped into my head while writing it and wouldn’t leave, therefore leaving me with no choice but to make that the title of the piece.

Performance Notes Performers should set up in a way to be able to visually communicate with each other. I recommend a smooth symmetrical arch shape. One of the difficult aspects of this piece is coming in together after two beats of rest, which happens frequently. During these moments of space, players should be in sync visually in order to play the attacks together. It is also important to balance each part accordingly so that the melody is always present and not overshadowed by the counterparts. All staccato markings should be played with a “dead stroke” into the bars in order to create a shorter sound. Also, I recommend playing the “shaft spank” (Marimba 2, 1 bar before letter K) in the middle register of the keyboard over the accidentals. It should not have a definite pitch, rather the sound of a colorful woodblock.

Instrumentation and Suggested Setup Raspberry Tango requires 4 marimbas as follows: • • • •

Marimba 1: 4.3-octave (low A) Marimba 2: 4.3-octave (low A) Marimba 3: 4.3-octave (low A) Marimba 4: 4.5-octave (low F)


Level: Medium Approx. playing time: 2’30”

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