African Blues

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Wolfgang Roggenkamp

General Info

Year: 1992
Duration: c.
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Gretel
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Player I: Marimba
Player II: Marimba

Program Notes

premiere: 1992, Wangerooge, Gerhard Stengert & composer


African Blues is a refreshingly unique marimba duet that "totally grooves." According to Roggenkamp, the work is "based on a continuous paradiddle pattern which provides the harmonic foundation for theme and improvisation." These patterns are syncopated as well as minimalistic. Both marimba parts employ four-mallet technique with a mixture of double vertical and single independent strokes. Roggenkamp suggests both performers share a 4 1/3-octave marimba; however, in order to allow "elbow room," two instruments (a 4-octave marimba and a 4 1/3-octave marimba) would increase efficiency of motion and accuracy . The print is clear and legible; yet, the parts exist in a score format only. A reduction of the score or memorization would be ideal for a successful performance. Performers should be very observant of the key signature (six flats) as well as performance instructions. For example, performers are to wear African bells on their feet and walk in place while playing at letter C. Performers are encouraged to sing along with the melody during the repeat of letter A. Letters D and E are solo choruses for Player One; however, solos are written in case the performer doesn't wish to improvise. Player One generally has the melodic line while Player Two employs accompaniment patterns. This marimba duet will appeal to audiences and provide a great learning experience for advanced high school, college or professional performers. - Lisa Rogers (1997)[1]



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Works for Percussion by this Composer

African Blues - Percussion Duo, Marimba Duo

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