Clair Omar Musser wrote numerous etudes as many marimbists know. It is assumed that each numbered opus consisted of 20 pieces, but there is no surviving evidence of them now. The version of Opus 6, Number 2 published in 1948 had some issues with the chords, as well as with expression markings like accents, staccatos, dynamics, etc. I made some corrections and consistencies in this new edition, but I tried to keep Musser’s notation intact as much as possible. Examining several of the original manuscripts helped clarify his personal approach to notation.
Marimba 1 (solo) part — 4oct marimba
Marimba 2 (accompaniment) part — 5oct marimba
The marimba 2 part is an arrangement of the original piano accompaniment. I developed this part to embellish Musser’s elegant style and still keep the Etude‘s mood. Tremolo is used in only two places and should not create any conflict with the sixteenth notes in the solo marimba part. The original tempo indication (dotted quarter note = 138) was almost impossible to play, so it has been removed from the music in this edition. – Yurika Kimura