Easy Solos Vol. 4
Composer: Daniel Berg
Instrument: Marimba, Vibraphone or Xylophone
Duration: 15 min.
In the early 1970s the legendary percussionist Mitchell Peters composed unforgettable works for the young marimba player such as Sea Reflections and Yellow after the Rain. Now Daniel Berg continues Peters pedagogical idea of a repertoire that is idiomatic while musically challenging for the young percussionist.
With this final booklet in the series Easy Solos, I want to salute five people who all contributed greatly to increase the interest in the marimba.
Vol. 4 contains:
• Opus and Numero (dedicated to Clair Omar Musser)
• Zen Refractions after the Rain (to Mitchell Peters)
• Une Petite Prière (to Evelyn Glennie)
• Etude #4 (to Paul Smadbeck)
• Variations on Swedish Folk Songs (to Keiko Abe)
Easy Solos Vol. 1, 2 and 3 are previously published by Edition Svitzer. The books have been very well received among young students and teachers around the world.
With these five works my hope is to approach the classical standard repertoire for marimba, in the degree of difficulty, and therefore the technical level is a little higher than in the previous parts. As before, all the works in this booklet have the range F-F and can therefore be played on any mallet instruments.
Marimba, Vibraphone or Xylophone
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.
Illustrations: Jacob Niclas Tersmeden
Front Cover layout: Ronni Kot Wenzell
Photo: Per Buhre
Engraving: Johan Svitzer
Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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