Nora's Dancer

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Rich Holly

General Info

Year: 1989
Duration: c.
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: HoneyRock
Cost: Score Only - $10.00



Marimba (Low A)

Program Notes

For solo marimba - opens with a brief chorale-like section and then moves into lively interlocking rhythms. Great piece for the intermediate level player wanting to strengthen his/her four-mallet skills. high school/college.[1]


Nora's Dancer is a marimba solo written for a low-A marimba. It starts with a chorale that quickly leads to a rhythmic groove of 3/4-7/8-3/4- 9/8. This pattern continues and finally settles into a 16th-note pattern using either 12/16-9/16 or 15/16 meter. This is a groove piece and requires that the performer have independent mallet control and a sense of time. The continuous 16th-note pattern must be performed in a steady manner allowing the groove content to prevail. A DC returns to the chorale, which quickly moves to a coda of 12/16 and 6/16 meter. Nora's Dancer is an excellent composition for marimba and would be appropriate as an encore for a recital or a major piece on a lighter type of musical performance. John Beck, December 1996 [2]



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Works for Percussion by this Composer

Battlestations II - Percussion Quartet
Homage a mi amigo - Percussion Duo
Nora's Dancer - Marimba
Rondo (Holly) - Timpani
Sonata for Timpani (Holly) - Timpani
Timbrangles - Multiple Percussion
You're Makin' Me Dizzy - Congas

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