Each of the four movements of
Marimba Suite # 2 (1984)
begins with a thematic statement repeated four times, but in each movement the theme is developed using different compositional devices. Movement I is in blues form, the right hand playing only syncopations against the left. Movement II is a rondo in 5/4 time; in each section, the theme is syncopated against the time in groups of three, four, and, finally, seven. Movement III is a fantasia inspired by ragtime xylophone styles. Movement IV begins with the right hand playing the arpeggiated fifth E flat-B flat off the beat; all the developmental sections are built around variations of that figure.