Before The Beginning

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Julie Spencer

General Info

Year: 19
Duration: c.
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Norsk
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00




Quartet Version - Marimba Quartet

Program Notes

“Before the Beginning” was written during a time of new beginnings. I had just begun studying tabla, West African drumming, jazz harmony, and improvisation at CalArts in Los Angeles. I went back to the marimba one day to write this piece for a student’s recital. It was cathartic. The peaceful intensity of Before the Beginning made me think about keeping a calm center in the middle of so much change. Shortly afterwards I recorded Before the Beginning for the first time in the studio of the late French film composer Michel Colombier. This was one of his favorite pieces of mine.



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Works for Percussion by this Composer

After The Storm - Solo Marimba
Almost 5 A.M. - Solo Marimba
Ask - Solo Vibraphone
Bamboo Leaf - Solo Marimba
Before The Beginning - Solo Marimba; Marimba Quartet
Brothers In Peace - Solo Marimba
Chelsea Window - Solo Marimba
Color Suite - Solo Marimba
Ecstatic Sunlight on the Mountain Snow - Solo Marimba
Ecstatic Sunlight Suite - Solo Marimba
The Emperors New Clothes - Solo Marimba
Elim - Solo Marimba
Fire Elves - Solo Marimba
Glowing Horizon at Dawn - Solo Marimba
Gomer in the Desert - Solo Marimba
Grateful Metamorphosis - Percussion Ensemble
Ice Cream - Solo Marimba
Hot Chai - Marimba Duet; Marimba, Bass Clarinet
Mountain Spring - Solo Marimba
Pink Elisa Spring - Solo Marimba; Marimba Duet
Soulhouse Suite - Solo Marimba
Summer Music - Solo Marimba
Swirling Light in the Mist by the Sea - Solo Marimba
Tranquility - Solo Vibraphone
Tree Song - Marimba, Flute Duo; 2 Marimbas; Marimba, Piano
Tribeca Sunflower - Solo Marimba; Marimba Quartet; World Music Ensemble
Waterfalls - Solo Marimba
Waterfalls Concerto - Solo Marimba and Orchestra; Solo Marimba and Percussion Ensemble
When You Hear The Soft Roar When There Is No Sound - Percussion Ensemble
White Squirrel - Solo Marimba
Wild Heron - Solo Marimba

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