Go! for marimba and percussion duet was written during the summer of 2007. As
the title suggests, Go! is a high energy piece that will excite audiences and performers
alike. Much of the piece is based on grooves I was working with during the period in
which I was writing my first five marimba preludes. This material provides a solid
rhythmic and harmonic backdrop to showcase the more soloistic percussion part, which
includes three congas, vibraphone, triangle, and suspended cymbal. Also, there are two
sections left open to the percussionist to choose two different hand drums on which to
This piece explores the natural energy in every percussionist that tells us to get up, go,
and go fast!
Go! was the second place winner of the IronWorks Percussion Duo 2008 Composition Contest. It was premiered by the IronWorks Percussion Duo on October 12, 2008.