Minor Plot

Minor Plot for tenor pan and marimba duo
Publisher: C. Alan Publications (2007)
Composed: 2006
Duration: 6’20”
Difficulty: Medium
Instrumentation (2 players): tenor steel pan (or vibraphone), 4.3-octave marimba
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Set against a primarily minor jazz harmonic progressions, Minor Plot is an entertaining and challenging work for this ideal combination of tenor pan (or vibraphone) and 4.3-octave marimba. The marimba part requires intermediate 4-mallet technique throughout and the pan part is written for a low C instrument. The majority of the piece is set in 4/4 time and alternates between the original minor material and a contrasting major tune. The mid-section of the work shifts briefly to 3/4 time and incorporates the minor melodic and harmonic material in both 3/4 and 6/8 feels. One section of the piece is open for optional improvisation in the tenor pan part with chord changes, written notes, and cued optional notes provided.


This would be a superb choice as a concluding encore for a junior or senior recital at the college level. – Jim Lambert
Printed by permission of the Percussive Arts Society, inc.