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Williams-Shona Spirit (SP)-4M

Model: WILLIAMS/SHONAS

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$35.00

The "sequel" to "Three Shona Songs," Shona Spirit includes three traditional mbira tunes (Mahororo, Nhemamusasa, and Nyamaropa) arranged for marimba ensemble. All the marimba parts in these arrangements are derived from actual mbira parts,...
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The "sequel" to "Three Shona Songs," Shona Spirit includes three traditional mbira tunes (Mahororo, Nhemamusasa, and Nyamaropa) arranged for marimba ensemble. All the marimba parts in these arrangements are derived from actual mbira parts, and are marked either "kushaura" or "kutsinhira" in order to facilitate the ensemble's understanding of this important interlocking principle. Scored for 7 marimbists (can be performed on 4 marimbas) and hosho. Drum parts may be added as desired to get everyone involved. As in "Three Shona Songs," improvisation is encouraged and even required!


Number of Players: 10
Difficulty: Grade 3
Instrumentation:
  • Player I: Marimba 4 oct.

  • Player II: Marimba 4 oct.

  • Player III: Marimba 4 oct.

  • Player IV: Marimba 4 oct.

  • Player V: Marimba 4 oct.

  • Player VI: Marimba 4 oct.

  • Player VII: Marimba 4 oct.



  • B. Michael Williams (b. 1954) is Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He holds the B.M. degree from Furman University, M.M. from Northwestern University, and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Active as a performer and clinician in both symphonic and world music, Williams has performed with the Charlotte (NC) Symphony, Lansing (MI) Symphony, Brevard Music Center Festival Orchestra, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and has appeared at several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. He has written articles for Accent Magazine, South Carolina Musician, and Percussive Notes, and has made scholarly presentations on the music of John Cage and on African music at meetings of the College Music Society and Percussive Arts Society. In 2004, Dr. Williams received the Winthrop University Distinguished Professor Award, the highest honor given to a Winthrop faculty member.

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