by Chad Heiny
2 marimbas — (1) 4-octave, (1) low A
Steel pans (optional) — (1) lead pan, (1) double seconds
Drumset (kick, snare, 2 toms, hi-hats, ride cymbal, splash cymbal, crash cymbal)
Drums — bongos, conga (1), cajon
Cymbals & gongs — sizzle cymbal, crash cymbal, wind gong (or tam-tam)
Accessories — egg shaker, rainstick, mark tree, triangles (2), claves, cabasa
Optional voice (can also be performed by one or more of the keyboard players)
Optional live looping station (for marimba 2)
Wanderlust is defined as "a strong desire to travel," but composer Chad Heiny aims to go deeper with this piece. He writes: "I appreciate wanderlust as a meandering of the mind that takes place (hopefully) for all of us a little each day. It's where dreams come from, as well as goals, ideas, etc... the good stuff."
Heiny crafts this sense of wonderment through a soundscape that features several unique elements. Improvised solo opportunities are provided with the intent of allowing the performers to "roam" as they play. Other optional elements for groups to explore include a voice line, steel pan doubling for featured players, and a live looping section within a marimba part. The drumset and percussion players are encouraged to embellish grooves to taste. This work is an adventurous expression of discovery, technically appropriate for an intermediate-level ensemble. Ideal for recitals or contests!
Wanderlust ships as a printed, professionally bound score, and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or tablet viewing.