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Diabolic Variations

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Raymond Helble

Raymond Helble

Subtitle: Mallet Ensemble with Timpani

This work bears the designation Opus 25.

General Info

Year: 1986
Duration: 9:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: OU Percussion Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00


Full Score
Percussion I-IX (9 players), including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Marimba I-II-III-IV (I, II & III 4.3 octave; IV 5.0 octave)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Scored for nine keyboard percussion plus timpani, Helble's fine work builds upon his keen understanding and experience in writing sophisticated marimba compositions. A beautifully tonal piece, Diabolic Variations requires outstanding technique and a great deal of musical sensitivity from all ten players.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by University of Oklahoma Percussion Orchestra, Richard C. Gipson, conductor.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Helble, R. (1986). Diabolic Variations : Mallet Ensemble with Timpani [score]. OU Percussion Press: Norman, Okla.