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Helios

Composer: Daniel Berg

Instrument: Marimba

Level: Intermediate

Published: 2013

Price: €16.00


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  • Description +
    • Duration: 2-3 min.

      Helios was, according to Greek mythology, the sun god, but also the guardian of the seas and the god of gift of being able to see. Every morning he went across the sky with his golden chariot drawn by fiery stallions. When he reached the Hesperides (country of evening) in the west, he went back over Okeanos water by boat and the sunset was created. 

      When I wrote Blue Memories a couple of years ago, I chose an enamel painting by Swedish artist, Bengt Berglund from late 60's as cover for the work. This painting I chose is part of a series of other enamel paintings by Berglund. For a few years now, I have been thinking of writing music for the remaining paintings in the series. 

      Helios, Twilight Garden and Blue Memories are related to each other in terms of harmony, rhythm and character. The three pieces are written as standalone pieces, however the three pieces works well together as one substantial piece with several movements in it.

  • Instrumentation +
    • Marimba

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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)

      This three‐minute piece is another offering by Daniel Berg in a series of solo works inspired by Swedish artist Bengt Berglund. Named after the character Helios from Greek mythology, Berg paints his aural canvas with texturally‐rich sweeping melodic gestures contrasted with pulsating melodic entities laden with forward momentum. While a variety of four‐mallet stroke types are required to perform this work, once learned, the piece will “play itself.” Berg’s logical approach to one‐hand accompaniment, as well as permutations, aid the performer as musical material transfers smoothly through the various modulations and tonal areas highlighted in the piece.

      In addition to Berg’s idiomatic writing and sticking patterns, marimbists will appreciate the quasi ABA architecture of the work, which brings back difficult licks from the beginning for an appropriate finish to this rich solo. This piece will be suitable in a variety of settings, whether assigned to a hot‐shot high school marimbist for contest, a college senior recital, or a marimba competition. On par with similar works by Sammut and Burritt, don’t let this solo slip off your radar!

      —Joshua D. Smith

  • Credits +
    • Front Cover graphics and layout: Ronni Kot Wenzell
      Enamel painting: Bengt Berglund
      Engraving: Johan Svitzer
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
      Copyright © Edition SVITZER
      www.editionsvitzer.com