Shawver always wanted to write a marimba quartet that celebrates his favorite instrument. The marimba is an extremely versatile instrument, the most beautiful characteristics of which are too often underexploited in contemporary repertoire. Alex wrote this piece, hopefully only the first of many contributions of his to the
genre, as a monument to everything he loves about the marimba. Each movement revolves around one short motive, and the movement titles are the number of notes in each motive. There is no program or subject for the piece. Shawver feels that it's a sculpture and that rather than progressing linearly, the music reveals itself three-dimensionally.
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Two 5.0-octave marimbas, one 4.5-octave marimba, one 4.3-octave marimba