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  • The Golden Age of the Xylophone
  • Xylo Excursions
  • Xylotino
  • Xylophone Tune

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Xylophone:


Sound combinations

Because of its ability to play bright and incisive notes, the xylophone in the classical-modern orchestra has been given the task either of accentuating the top notes of a melody line or of doubling the melody line of another instrument an octave above it. A further “classic” role of the xylophone is the doubling of rapid runs and figures one or two octaves higher. Such sound combinations achieve a scintillating brilliance that is audible above the entire orchestra. The xylophone is the instrument that can etch sharp lines against a background of sound.

In 20th century music the number of tasks entrusted to the xylophone has increased. In ensembles it features more and more as a solo instrument. Its sound is suitable for all tasks from solo performance to assimilation in the overall tonal background.

Xylophone + other percussion instruments

Full-sounding combination in unison and octaves with the celesta and the glockenspiel. The xylophone is dominant.

Xylophone + brass instruments

Penetrating effect in unison and octaves with the trumpet. Octave and double-octave combinations are possible with the French horn and the lower brass; in these combinations the xylophone sounds like a kind of shrill overtone.

Xylophone + woodwind instruments

Good effects in unison and octaves with the higher woodwinds such as the flute, clarinet and oboe. The xylophone is dominant. In octave and double-octave combinations the xylophone sounds like a shrill overtone.

Xylophone + strings

Full-sounding combinations in unison and octaves with the violin and viola. The xylophone is dominant and lends the strings’ pizzicato more of an edge, enabling it to assert itself better. In octave and double-octave combinations the xylophone sounds like a shrill overtone.

Xylophone + harp
Full-sounding combinations in unison and octaves with the harp. The xylophone is dominant.