Eight Tarot Cards for Madam Rubio ... La Ruota della Fortuna (1997) for two marimbas
Composed by Thomas Oboe Lee. 21st Century, 20th Century, Romantic Period, Classical Period, Baroque Period. Score. 10 pages. Published by Thomas Oboe Lee (S0.16733).
Item Number: S0.16733
Eight Tarot Cards for Madam Rubio! was originally a 22-movement work for two pianos entitled, "The Visconti-Sforza Tarot Cards." I sent a copy of the two-piano version to Nancy Zeltsman who, with Janis Potter, recently created the marimba duo, Madam Rubio. They thought some of the pieces could translate very well as pieces for marimba duo. I have to give complete credit to Nancy's ingenuity and creativity for this version. The transcription, arrangement and order of Eight Tarot Cards for Madam Rubio! are completely hers. [The numbering of the movements may look bizarre, but it is the original Tarot numbering.]
I. Il Saltimbanco ... The Mountebank shuffles his cards and does a samba.
XVI. La Torre ... The Tower topples and crashes onto the populace gathered below.
II. La Papessa ... The High Priestess concocts a magic potion.
XXI. Il Mondo ... The World would be a happier place if we all dance together.
XIII. La Morte ... Death lurks around the corner.
X. La Ruota della Fortuna ... Fortunes rise and fall unpredictably.
III. L'Imperatrice ... The Empress dances all night.
XIX. Il Sole ... Sunshine, margaritas and salsa cubana. And if an encore is requested ...
XVII. La Stella ... Twinkle, twinkle, little star ...
[Marimba I requires a 4.5 octave (low E) instrument and Marimba II requires a 5-octave (low C) instrument.]
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