“From the first NEXUS “Ragtime” album, Bill Cahn has established himself as not only a great arranger and performer of “Xylophone Novelty Music”, but also as the world’s foremost duck call virtuoso. His compositions can be programmed on recitals or percussion ensemble concerts, featuring students or the instructor as soloist. Most are arranged to be performed by the same instrumentation as the G. H. Green arrangements: four players performing on a minimum of two marimbas.”
The Jolly Caballero (Forsini/arr. William Cahn)
From the first NEXUS “Ragtime” album, Bill Cahn has established himself as a great arranger and performer of “Xylophone Novelty Music”. Most compositions are arranged to be performed by a xylophone soloist and four players performing on a minimum of two marimbas.
Another delightful piece of Butov’s for xylophone solo, accompanied by two marimbists playing one marimba. Piano accompaniment/score included.
Duet for two marimbasSkylark Orange Circles is dedicated to the wonderful Japanese marimba virtuoso, Momoko Kamiya. The music is very dance-like in quality, going over and over through mostly the same sequence of harmonies while melodic variations are developed. The melodic ideas become more and more like a bird (or flute) singing as the work progresses.
Inspired by Tyson’s rafting adventure with John Parks on the Boise River. This piece depicts the beauty, excitement, and occasional feeling of losing control that they experienced in the raft that day. Can be played on a 4.3 octave marimba.