Medium/Easy Xylophone Solo with Marimba Quartet or Piano accompaniment
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by W.C. Powell, arr. Ralph Hicks
Accompaniment: 2 Marimbas* — low A, Piano — can be used with soloist only, or optionally in conjunction w/ marimba quartet accompaniment.
* One of the low A marimbas can be swapped with a low F marimba (4.5 octave) allowing extended range parts to be performed if a larger instrument is available.
Funny Folks, by W.C. Powell, is a simple, catchy, and upbeat ragtime piece arranged for solo xylophone and marimba quartet by Ralph Hicks. The xylophone part is characterized by a largely single line melody, with very few double stops, and no rolls shorter than a quarter note. The simplicity of the xylophone part makes it accessible to most beginning to intermediate mallet players and is a perfect introduction to the genre. Funny Folks can also be found in The Golden Age of Ragtime, a compilation of five classic ragtime pieces arranged by Ralph Hicks and Eric Rath!
This piece comes as a full, bound folio containing both the full ensemble and piano scores. It also includes a CD-ROM with a full ensemble recording and individual parts for printing.