Duration: 4.5 minutes
Players: (2) 2 Marimbas (4.3 octave) + Desk Bells
(written for Madeline Dethloff + Sam Carullo)
“REDBLUEYELLOW” is a percussion duet for two 4.3 octave marimbas + one octave (C-C) of desk bells. Throughout the piece, performers trade off duties as the lead voice and accompaniment.
“REDBLUEYELLOW” was inspired by the paintings of Piet Mondrian (specifically “Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow”) and tries to imagine what types of creatures would exist in a ‘De Stijl’ world of red, blue, and yellow.
The piece begins with light chatter between the desk bells and marimba that quickly evolves into a fast-paced melody with each player having a turn on melody and accompaniment. The following section shows the main theme recontextualized as a chorale. “REDBLUEYELLOW” closes with a final fast-paced section where it feels as if the two performers might lose control!
“REDBLUEYELLOW” calls for one set of desk bells [C, D, E, F, G, A, C’]. Desk bells may be substituted for glockenspiel, tuned metal pipes, crotales, or other pitched + resonant metals.
“REDBLUEYELLOW” is great for students looking for a fast-paced marimba duo with a harmonic language accessible to any audience.
An excellent piece to open or close any recital.
“REDBLUEYELLOW” was premiered by Dethloff and Carullo on August 24th, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.