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Closet Carnival (by Thom Hasenpflug)

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Delightfully unpretentious. A must play!

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Musical FeaturesThe piece is in 6/8 throughout, with a small section in 4/8 and one bar in 9/8. It seems to suggest the ebb and flow of a small carnival ride (tiny circus?). The piece, in four sections, make small variations on repetitive patterns established in each section. The composer rarely uses the top octave on the instrument, instead focuses on the alto and tenor registers. Melodic gestures are broken up between both hands; only rarely is there a distinct melody/harmony between the two hands. The tonality of the piece is interesting – suggesting at times A major, b minor, f-sharp minor, but it’s hard to put my finger on exactly.
Technical FeaturesMore dexterity is required generally of the LH than the RH (quick interval changes due to harmonic material), but there does not seem to be anything incredibly difficult in the piece.
Duration4 to 5 minutes
InstrumentationVibraphone 3.0 Octave - 4 Mallets
Level SuggestionMiddle School, High School, College