Borodin was clearly quite an exceptional person known as a doctor and chemist as well as being a member of the Russian group of composers known and popularized as the “Mighty Handful.” His interest in music was essentially as a hobby but he was very well connected in Russian musical circles and his “Serenade” from the “Petite Suite” was published in 1896. The ostinato pattern that features in the work is an excellent unifying element in the composition and well suited to being played on the marimba. There is also a strong melodic element in this miniature and a tempo of 60 dotted quarter note (crotchet) beats to the minute is used in the realization. The music editor’s conception is that the playing is shared between thee players ideally on two marimbas or other similar ranged pitched percussion instruments. The marimba sound features on the realisation.