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Easy Duets Vol. 1

Composer: Daniel Berg

Instrument: Mallet Duo (+ optional ensemble)

Level: Easy/Intermediate

Published: 2013

Price: €16.00


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  • Description +
    • Duration: 15 min.

      Easy Duets Volume 1 contains five easy duets for any combination of 2 mallet instruments such as the vibraphone, xylophone or marimba. All five duets use a 3-octave range from F to F. The duets can be played on the same instruments however, it is preferable for part 1 to be played on vibraphone and for part 2 to be played on marimba. 

      The duets can also be played as ensemble pieces. Double each parts depending on the number of players and instruments available. Pieces such as Crusin', Blues brotherS and Happy Shoes is very well suited with the addition of bass and/or drums (bass part can be found at the end of the booklet).

  • Instrumentation +
    • Mallet Duo (+ optional ensemble)

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  • About the composer +
    • Daniel Berg is a versatile marimba soloist, composer and educator. He holds the position as the marimba and chamber teacher at Ljungskile Folk High School, University Colleges of Music in Örebro and Gothenburg (Sweden).

      He has made several CD-recordings like In a Landscape, Ricamo, Sound of Transparence and Rhythm Art Duo. In his passion to promote the marimba as a solo- and chamber music instrument, Daniel has worked intimately with a number of composers who have written original music for the instrument. This includes more than 150 world premiers for solo and chamber works.

      As a composer Daniel has written a couple of solo works for marimba like Over the Moon, December and Blue Memories. The pieces belong today to the standard marimba repertoire. In Januar 2014 Daniel Berg recorded a new CD Framework together with Anders Åstrand. The CD includes their own solo and duo works for marimba and vibraphone – all published by Edition Svitzer.

  • Reviews +
    • Review (Percussive Notes, May 2014)

      At one time or another, most of us have struggled with getting a young student to practice. I always find that performing with students can give them extra incentive to learn their material. This collection of five duets is educational, adaptable, and motivational.

      The educational aspects of this collection range from conceptual to technical. I enjoy the practical way in which Daniel Berg includes improvisation. Rather than worrying about chord changes, Berg indicates to “improvise on ‘white’ keys,” or “improvise on ‘black’ keys.” This approach encourages the students to explore the instrument and fosters creativity. Chord changes are later addressed in “Blues Brothers.” This composition introduces the concept of tonic, dominant, and subdominant chords. Four of the five compositions are scored for one two-mallet player and one four-mallet player. Teachers can perform either part, depending on the ability level of the student. The two-mallet material is manageable for a very young performer. Using a heavy dose of double vertical strokes at comfortable intervals, most of the fourmallet material is suitable for a student just learning the technique. Slow double lateral strokes and single independent strokes are also included.

      If your studio has a wide range of ability levels, you can double parts and turn these duets into a larger ensemble. Berg includes bass parts for three of the five pieces. A teacher could also create drum and accessory parts with minimal effort. All five duets use a 3-octave range and can be performed on a variety of keyboard instruments. Berg’s compositions and virtuosic performances have already gained him recognition. We can now add pedagogue as one of his many talents!

      —Darin Olson

  • Credits +
    • Illustrations: Jacob Niclas Tersmeden
      Front Cover layout: Ronni Kot Wenzell
      Photo: Per Buhre
      Engraving: Johan Svitzer
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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