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rock house creek

Medium: Vibraphone/Marimba (w/ optional bluegraas instruments)
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Composed: June 2007
Duration: 6:30
Difficulty: Grade V

Instrumentation:
3-octave vibraphone & 4.5-octave marimba
4-mallet
Also includes a lead sheet and a drum set part

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Rock House Creek

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Rock House Creek for Vibraphone & Marimba by Nathan Daughtrey

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Michae Wood, vibraphone
Sara Wood, marimba
Devin Reid, mandolin
Jon Rahilly, drumset

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Commissioned by Michael and Sara Wood, Rock House Creek is infused with the progressive bluegrass sounds that have emerged out of the last 10-15 years from such players as Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, and Mike Marshall. The work opens rather introspectively with hints of the grooves that are to come. It quickly moves into the first fast section that features solos in both the vibraphone and marimba with opportunities for improvisation. The mood begins to calm and transitions smoothly into a sweet, music box-like ballad using thematic material from the peaceful opening of the piece. The marimba also plays an more relaxed version of one of the groove motives from earlier in the piece. After a brief stint in 7/8, the ballad returns and moves into the final fast section, in which the time signature alternates between 4/4 and 7/8. Again, both instruments are alternately features in solo roles driving to the end of the work.