Easy/Medium Marimba (4-mallet) Solo
Instrumentation: 4.3-octave Marimba
Ghost Garden is a delightful intermediate work for 4.3-octave marimba that paints a bittersweet picture of those vacant, abandoned lots where once there thriving businesses or lavish homes.
Driving through many major American cities, it's hard not to notice the plethora of vacant and abandonded lots. Where once stood proud businesses, lavish homes, or civic buildings, there is now little more than a blank, grassy plot of land. Though the blank space on the canvas of the cityscape can be profoundly sad, something amazing happens within these empty spaces. Left alone, life swells forth, and these vacant lots start to produce trees, flowers, and grass. Many people have started referring to such lots as Ghost Gardens. In this piece, you can hear where the lot once held a vibrant and exciting tone, only to slowly fade away and change. Through a series of transitional themes, the main idea reforms and comes back as the piece concludes, thus depicting the beauty of the land as it is reimagined.