by Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley, arr. Alex Stopa
Instrumentation: Marimba—low C
As Gene Wilder sings in the film, “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” “Come with me, and you’ll be, in a world of pure imagination.” Alex Stopa does exactly that in his clever, jazzy marimba arrangement of this timeless classic. This arrangement requires a high level of sensitivity and technical skill as it blends the whimsy of the original melody with a hint of nostalgia, surprising the listener with unexpected harmonic turns.