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Joseph Schwantner - Velocities (Moto Perpetuo) for Solo Marimba

Composer: Joseph Schwantner

Title: Velocities (Moto Perpetuo) for Solo Marimba

Description: This extremely virtuosic work has been a staple of contemporary solo percussion repertoire since its composition. Schwantner’s work, as one would except from the title, utilizes perpetual motion in the form of constantly moving lines and continually shifting meters, allowing no place whatsoever for the performer to rest either mentally or physically. At around 7-8 minutes in length, “Velocities” requires absolute virtuosity for the entirety of the piece, and has little pedagogical value. It is, however, a very effective showpiece and continues to be programmed often.

Annotated by Ethan Pani

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