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Watch the video of me playing Starlight first:
"I love the stars. Because they can't say anything.
I love the stars. Because they do not judge anyone."
- Natsuki Takaya, from Twinkle Stars (星は歌う)
Starlight is my first solo work that is fully chorale-based, with chorale rolls making up the majority of the work. As a solo creator of music and online content, I often get caught up in deadlines and other projects and forget to take some time to go outside.
Nowadays, I will often go to a quiet place at night, sit down and admire the stars to remind myself of three things - how small my problems and I are, how lucky I am to have wonderful people in my life and most importantly, how peaceful and warm things can become when you take a moment to enjoy the shining of the stars.
Starlight captures this warmth through the player's own interpretation and manipulation of roll speed to bring out the melodic separation and leading voices. The melody is simple and clear, but becomes transformed both in key (from F major to D major) and in style (alternating between chorale rolls and non-rolled sections), signifying the ever-changing nature of stars in their alignment and appearance.
Starlight was commissioned by Marimbafest Australia and premiered by Adam Tan on Friday 7th July 2023 at Marimbafest 2023, where it was the Compulsory Work for the OPEN CLASS Solo Category.
Starlight requires a 4.3 octave or higher marimba. You will receive one (1) PDF file with the full score.
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Starlight, for solo marimba (4.3 octave)
Four-mallet marimba solo (4.3 octave)