Composer: Søren Monrad
Instrument: Percussion Ensemble
Duration: 13 min.
Zavanna describes a journey through the percussion instruments’ multiple sound possibilities which takes the listener to the great African Savannah from early morning when the wildlife slowly awakens to a roaring wildfire which fuels their stampede. Then the merciful rain puts out the fire. The piece captures the struggle between beauty and cruelty.
Percussion Ensemble (6 players):
About the composer +
Søren Monrad was classically trained at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music. In 1978 he became a percussionist with the Royal Danish Orchestra and in 1982 he won the chair as solo timpanist in the same orchestra. At the same time, he also held down jobs with the Collegium Musicum, Royal Danish Brass and others. Add to that a comprehensive international career as a solo percussionist, playing with among others the Royal Danish Orchestra and the Odense Symphony Orchestra.
He has also performed on several CD’s with the above mentioned ensembles on which composers such as Bartok, Crumb, Varese, Koppel and others are represented. Since 1985 he has been a lecturer at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense, Denmark.
"Zavanna is an exciting piece with expressions ranging from mystery and meditative feelings to groovy as well as virtuosic and primeval percussion fever. The sheet music as presented is very accessible with clear instructions, photos of set-ups, clearly printed on good quality paper, so we don't have the music flying around in the room! Go for it".
Markus Leoson, solo timpanist at the Stockholm Opera:
"in Søren Monrad's Zavanna, the audience is moved to the African veldt and experiences an exciting adventure through the varied sounds of percussion. Zavanna is a virtuoso work for percussion ensemble and is guaranteed to be a success. This notable publication from Edition Svitzer is very convincing and includes both instructions and pictures of the set-ups".
Jan Williams, prof. Emeritus, University at Buffalo Music Department:
"Søren Monrad's ZAVANNA is an impressive addition to the percussion ensemble literature. It shimmers with gorgeous sonorities and simmers with controlled energy and exuberance. Now, thanks to Edition Svitzer, this challenging and virtuosic work from 1988 (rev. 2007) should find the performances and large audiences it deserves".
Jim Lambert (PAS)
"Unique in this challenging yet rewarding percussion ensemble are photographs of each of the preferred setups...The notation is very precise and the composition flows very nicely...Zavanna" is a combination of traditional and not-so-traditional timbres, which creates a fascinating 12-minute ambience of percussion colors."
Front cover artist: Pernille Hansen
Front cover graphics and layout: Jan Jesting
Photos: Ronni Wenzell
Recorded in Sonus Studio 1988
Sound engineering: John & Bent Syberg
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Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark