Beaten Paths

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Milton Babbitt

General Info

Year: 1988
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: Advanced (see Ratings for explanation)
Marimba Required: 4 Octave Publisher: Smith
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00




Program Notes

dedication: to Sylvia Smith; premiere: 15 March 1989, Weill Hall, New York City, William Trigg, soloist


Milton Babbitt studied both music, as well as mathematics, and that is especially present in this piece. This piece has no rolls, but instead features constantly moving passages that require the performer to use almost every kind of fundamental and in some cases perhaps even extended technique at his/her disposal. This piece requires the performer to consistently explore the width of the marimba in oblique and contrary fashion, where both hands might travel away from each other as well as play notes in mallets 1 and 2, or 3 and 4 that are being used in the harmony as well as the melody i.e. mallet 1 plays a harmonic note but mallet 2 plays a melodic note in a double-stop. The piece also sounds very mathematical and must be treated with strict adherence to tempo, so that it might not sound lazy. This piece is published by Sonic Arts Edition. This piece also can be heard on several YouTube recordings as well as by Tom Kolor on the CD: American Masterpieces for Solo Percussion.

Commercial Discography

Tom Kolor - American Masterpieces for Solo Percussion

Recent Performances

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Works for Percussion by this Composer

Beaten Paths - Marimba
Concerto Piccolino - Vibraphone
Homily - Snare Drum

Additional Resources