Medium Xylophone Solo with Marimba Quartet or Piano accompaniment
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by Scott Joplin, 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.
“Nonpareil” in French means “unparalleled.” And in the world of ragtime, Scott Joplin is the “nonpareil” king. In Ralph Hicks’ arrangement of Joplin’s The Nonpareil, the xylophone takes center stage and is supported by an accompanying marimba quartet. This particular rag is characterized by fast octave passages, syncopated or “ragged” rhythms, and various ornaments, making it a great challenge for any daring mallet player. The Nonpareil can 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.