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Work: Look out, little Ruth, Ragtime for marimba, percussion and piano

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ComposerEngel, Kurt
Period20th century
Work typeInstrumental
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The Grubinger piano and percussion ensemble keeps it in the family

Martin Grubinger may be regarded as one of the world’s most exciting percussion virtuosi, but for my money his greatest strengths are pianistic: the rich density of timbre he gets from his instruments (which are mainly the marimba and xylophone), the gift for turning an eloquent phrase, and the seamless legato that comes from sensitive touch and a finely-tuned ear for decay.
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