Sonata Ico (Iconoclastic)

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Michael Adams

General Info

Year: 1994
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Permus
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Player I: Marimba
Player II: Marimba
Player III: Marimba
Player IV: Marimba

Program Notes

written for, premiered by: Eastern Illinois University Marimba Orchestra, 30 September 1994, Johnny L. Lane, director


Sonata Ico is a marimba quartet written in a pseudo-Classical style. An optional part is included that may be added for a quintet performance, but the piece would probably sound better as a quartet. The work is marked "lively (half note = ca. 96-100)" and is very tonal; however, the key relationships in this sonata are a little unusual. It begins in D major, moves to the dominant, and then moves to B minor. The exposition then ends in D major again. The development moves through several keys and textures, including an "Andante cantabile" section that cadences back in B minor. The recapitulation begins in D major but abruptly shifts to E major. The piece ends on a C-sharp major triad. Sonata Ico would be a good piece for intermediate to advanced keyboard percussionists. The marimba four part can be played on a low-A instrument. - Tom Morgan, June 1996[1]



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Sonata Ico (Iconoclastic) - Marimba Quartet

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