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Alice Ping Yee Ho

Alice Ping Yee Ho

Subtitle: For Solo Marimba and Three Percussionists

General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 12:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Canadian Music Centre
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.98; (digital) - $49.99   |   Score Only (print) - $18.99; (digital) - $14.99


Full Score
Solo Marimba
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Almglocken
  • Bender Gong (small)
  • China Cymbal
  • Chinese Opera Block (high)
  • Crotales
  • Cuíca Drum
  • Miya-daiko (listed as "medium skin drum")
  • Okedo-daiko (listed as "large skin drum")
  • Shime-daiko (listed as "high skin drum")
  • Slapsticks
  • Suspended Cymbals (3; small, medium, and large)
  • Tam-tam (medium)
  • Temple Blocks (5)
  • Temple Bowls (or Temple Bells)
  • Vibraphone
  • Woodsticks
  • Wood Blocks (2)

Players vocalizing


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Kami is Japanese for gods or spirits of nature.

In Japanese mythology, the world was created by two divine beings: Izanagi (male) and Izanami (female). Their descendants become other gods or spirits. Various characters or tales in this Japanese folklore have inspired me to create a composition that evokes images of “popular” mischievous sacred spirits, namely: Hiruko (watery child), Amaterasu (incarnation of the sun), Tsukiyomi (incarnation of the moon), Yamata-no-orochi (eight-forked serpent), and the famous Momotarou-san (the peach boy). The nature of this work is “folk based”, bright and energetic, evolving around forceful conversations between the marimba solo and the drum ensemble. Besides displaying the instrumentalists’ great virtuosity and musicality, musicians are challenged to vocalize as part of the ritualistic and theatrical aspect of the piece.

This piece is written for Canadian marimba virtuoso Beverley Johnston.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Fringe Percussion Quartet (Canada) (Beverley Johnston, percussion) – 3 March 2018
  • TorQ Percussion Quartet (Canada) (Beverley Johnston, percussion) – 11 January 2018
  • TorQ Percussion Quartet (Canada) (Beverley Johnston, percussion) – 7 August 2016

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