Music appreciation talks
Under the title “Musical Secrets & Sensitivities” Christine Leah will explain more about the music you love and why it affects you. Discover why music is written as it is, and why it changes your mood and feelings the way it does.
What will I learn?
Ever wondered why horror movies scare you? It’s mainly because of the music, and Christine will tell you the secrets. Beethoven or Lloyd Webber - they both know which buttons to press.
What will I get?
Musical Secrets & Sensitivities talks are followed by a discussion; then tea or coffee and nibbles are served as you watch the sunset over the Scenic Rim.
How much does it cost and how do I book?
Cost is $25 per person - in a group of 10 or more. Smaller numbers can be accommodated, just ask.
Enquire or call us : + 61 7 5463 5600
What is the difference between a Marimba and a Xylophone?
One of the most often mis-understood differences is the difference between a Marimba and a Xylophone.
The Marimba and the Xylophone both have wooden bars. The word Xylophone comes from the greek “xylos” meaning wood. Therefore there can be no such thing as a “metal xylophone” – any metal bar instrument is either a Glockenspiel, Vibraphone or Metallophone.
The main practical difference between a Marimba and a xylophone is one of range.The xylophone is generally a much higher pitched instrument, and is sounds one octave higher than its written pitch, therefore it can have a very bright and high sound.The Marimba is written at sounding pitch, and has much lower notes than the Xylophone. The lowest note on a xylohone is normally “middle C” (sounding pitch), while the largest five octave Marimbas can go two octaves below Middle C.The xylophone is also generally played with much harder mallets than the marimba, often made of very hard rubber or even wood or plastic. The Marimba is usually played with mallets that are wound with soft yarn, and this allows it to have a very mellow rolled sound.
It might look like the marimba has more “tubes” under the notes, but the xylophone has them as well – they are just smaller. The Tubes are called “resonators”, and their function is to amplify the sound. The lower the note, the larger the resonating tube needs to be, hence why the marimba needs to have larger tubes under the notes.