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Composer: Daniel Berg

Instrument: Percussion Ensemble

Level: Advanced

Published: 2021

Price: €60.00

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  • Description +
    • Preface

      Growing up in the 80s, my biggest inspiration was the Swedish Percussion Ensemble KROUMATA; six musicians who made a living playing chamber music with percussion. I attended several of their concerts and their interplay, virtuosity and common crescendo and accelerando made a strong impression on me as a young drummer. My first CD with classical percussion was the Kroumata and Keiko Abe. Fantastic recordings of Rain Tree by Tôru Takemitsu and Marimba Spritual by Minoru Miki inspired me to play both pieces myself some years later.

      A clear proof of how big KROUMATA were in Sweden during this time was when the Swedish His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf turned 50 in 1996. As a birthday present, he wanted a concert with Stevie Wonder AND KROUMATA.

      Today, when I received the commission from Odense Percussion and their artistic leader Søren Monrad, I would like to pay tribute to my childhood idols KROUMATA. In my piece, there are a few quotes from the repertoire that was so strongly associated with KROUMATA, but also contains the energy that was so magical around the concerts with the ensemble.

      Thanks for the inspiration!
      Daniel Berg

  • Instrumentation +
    • Percussion Sextet

      Player 1: Vibraphone (with motor)
      Player 2: Vibraphone (with motor)
      Player 3: Marimba (4.3 octave)
      Player 4: Marimba (5 octave)
      Player 5: 4 Timpani (optional 5)
      Player 6: Tubular Bells, 4 Tom-Toms, Gran Cassa, Tam-Tam (large) and 2 Suspended Cymbals

  • Watch+
    • Performed by Odense Percussion, Denmark

      Performed by Ensamble de Percusión CATATUMBO, Venezuela

      Performed by The Örebro Percussion Ensemble, Sweden

  • About the composer +
    • Daniel Berg is a Swedish composer, musician, and professor in classical percussion at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and at the Academy of music and drama in Gothenburg.

      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 300 world premier for solo and chamber works. Daniel Berg is a marimba artist of Bergerault and Elite Mallets.

      As a composer Daniel has written a lot for solo marimba like Mistral (for Michael Burritt), Phoenix (for Robert van Sice) and Yán Jiâng (for  the Taiwan World Percussion Competition). His music for percussion ensemble have been appreciated and often performed like Kroumata (for sextet) and Arctic Nights (for quintet) - all published by Edition Svitzer.

  • Reviews +
    • Review (Percussive Notes, February 2022)

      Daniel Berg is quickly becoming one of my favorite composers for accessible percussion chamber music. While Berg is known broadly as a performer, professor, and writer, his compositions strike a perfect balance between edgy harmonies and clean orchestration. The thought given to his parts, whether straightforward or complex, lead to musical passages that are gratifying, with clear thought given to their feasibility on the instrument. “Kroumata” is no exception. This nearly six-minute work, commissioned by Odense Percussion, is fast paced with a clear understanding of the dynamic percussion ensemble style synonymous with its namesake, the Swedish percussion ensemble Kroumata.

      As with the Kroumata ensemble, “Kroumata” is written for six players. While the tempo is fast with frequent use of mixed meters, it is not overtly difficult. The most significant obstacles would likely be ensemble cohesion and maintaining ensemble energy throughout the work. While the individual parts would be accessible for an advanced high school ensemble, excepting the more advanced timpani solo at Rehearsal M, a collegiate or professional percussion ensemble would be more equipped to capitalize on the style of the piece, drawn from a post-tonal harmonic language similar to the percussion writing of composers Minoru Miki and Toru Takemitsu.

      Congratulations to Daniel Berg on another compelling piece that will surely keep listeners on their toes and eventually bring them to their feet!

      —Quintin Mallette

  • Credits +
    • Photo (Kroumata and Keiko Abe): Stig-Göran Nilsson
      Photo (Daniel Berg): Jon Liinason
      Front Cover: Ronni Kot Wenzell
      Engraving: Tom Kohnen
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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