Infernal Variations


Josh Walker

# of Players: 6-12

Instrumentation: Marimba 1, Marimba 2, Bells, Chimes, Timpani, Percussion 1, Percussion 2

Difficulty: Medium

Duration: 5:09

Infernal Variations, as the name implies, is a theme and variations for percussion ensemble. After a mysterious introduction, the slow, intense theme is introduced, followed by several variations in differing style, giving the students multiple opportunities for stylistic expression. It’s written for a variety of strengths in the ensemble, such as involved two-mallet parts, a moderately active snare part, timpani, and accessory instruments. It also can be adapted to a flexible number of players by splitting the accessory part and doubling mallet parts without sacrificing the overall balance of the ensemble.


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