Drift (1997)

for cello and 3 marimbas

Duration: 14'

Score and parts available from the composer

I once took a course in graduate school called “Composing for Percussion.”  Every week the students were assigned a different instrument for which to write short musical ideas.  My classmates seemed taken with my fragmentary idea for three marimbas, so much so that I decided to build a new piece, Drift, from it.  Using the fragment as a repeating chaconne progression, I then composed an extended, free-floating cello solo to emerge from and descend into the warm tones of the marimbas.