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PLEASE NOTE: This purchase is for a downloadable PDF copy of the piece. You will NOT receive a hard copy shipped to your address. Hard copy from Edition Svitzer available here:


Watch the video of Machi Ishida playing LEVEL100 first (prod. Edition Svitzer and Roschkov Media):


"One must die and one must live. No victory, no defeat. The survivor will carry on the fight. It is our destiny..."

- The Boss, from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004)


LEVEL100 is a two mallet solo based on the various stages of a 'boss battle', a segment found in video games where the player must defeat a 'boss' of near unstoppable strength to finish an important level or mission in the game. The stages resemble chapters of a book and are marked throughout the score.


The battle in LEVEL100 seems easy to the player at the beginning ("NEW CHALLENGER"), as they dance around the boss with an aggressive groove in "DANCE OF THE FIGHT", before cheekily re-strategising an alternative plan ("FINDING THEIR WEAKNESS"). The player confidently charges at the boss with a relentless rain of fiery notes ("FULL POWERED ATTACK"), before attempting to end the battle in victory with even flashier runs ("CHAIN OF ULTIMATE FINISHERS"). Unfortunately, the player's shimmering attacks have only resulted in the boss coming back even stronger ("THE ENEMY REAWAKENS"), forcing them to re-strategise in vain ("LAST DITCH EFFORTS") as they begin to lose the battle in dismay ("A FADING HOPE"). The player then discovers a secret style of attack that may turn the tide ("INITIATING A COMEBACK"), before putting all of their energy into one last attack ("ONE LAST DANCE"), with the battle ending in exactly 100 bars.


LEVEL100 was commissioned by Edition Svitzer in April 2023 and was premiered by Adam Tan at Marimbafest 2023's SAKURA concert on 7th July 2023, with its official music video featuring Machi Ishida released on 18th October 2023.


LEVEL100 requires a 4.3 octave or higher marimba and MUST be performed with two (2) mallets only. You will receive one (1) PDF file with the full score.


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LEVEL100, for solo marimba (4.3 octave - two mallets)

  • Two-mallet marimba solo (4.3 octave)

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