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Etudes 1-3 (by Christopher Swist)

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Musical FeaturesEach of these etudes is written in a tonal setting, featuring minor modes. Each movement encompasses a different character or musical technique that Swist incorporates in the title of each etude, Layers, Progressions, and Cascara. In Etude No. 1, “layers” refers to the additive process that Swist uses to create various degrees of layering to the opening 4-measure phrase. Etude No. 2 features a number of episodic progressions that challenge the performer to create a musical narrative that connects each episode to the next. Etude 3, features a Latin rhythm, the Cascara, which is developed throughout the etude.
Technical FeaturesEach of these etudes is very idiomatic.
Every stroke type is used
Every roll type is used
Quick interval shifts
Hands are interactive – they are used together to produce the musical line
Duration18 minutes total
Etude I – 4 min
Etude II – 7 min
Etude III – 7 min
InstrumentationMarimba 4.5 Octave - 4 Mallets
Level SuggestionHigh School, College/Professional