Impromptu No. 6
Composer: Gabriel Fauré / arr. Edzard Locher
Instrument: Marimba Duo
This score (there are no individual parts) displays Gabriel Faurés (1845-1924) „Impromptu No. 6“ for harp, op.86 as an arrangement for marimba duo. Two grand staff marimbas are required. This is based on the original edition published by Durand et fils, Paris 1904.
Basically the right hand of the harp (commonly the upper hand) is played by Marimba I and the left hand is played by Marimba II. The technical differences between the harp and the marimba (smaller range, glissando tied to the white keys) just like the necessity of quick alternations between different players‘ hands have led to the following allignments:
The whole piece has been transposed one half note down, from d-flat major to c major. Thus using the whole range of the marimba (see e.g. bar 194), smoothening the notated glissandi (see e.g. bars 208 and 209) and improving overall playability. Notated glissandos (e.g. bar 32) apply an additional tone to enlarge scales from seven to eight notes. Notated arpeggios are rhythmisized but may thereby exceed the basic 3/4 measure (see e.g. bars 136 and further).
Notes outside the range of the marimba are omitted (mostly in case of lower octave doublings) or compensated in other octaves.
Marimba Duo (5-Octaves)
About the composer +
Gabriel Urbain Fauré (12 May 1845 – 4 November 1924) was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced many 20th-century composers. Among his best-known works are his Pavane, Requiem, nocturnes for piano and the songs "Après un rêve" and "Clair de lune". Although his best-known and most accessible compositions are generally his earlier ones, Fauré composed many of his most highly regarded works in his later years, in a more harmonically and melodically complex style.
Edzard Locher (born 1989 in Tettnang, Lake Constance) studied percussion, composition and pedagogy in Zurich. He was percussionist with Kiel Philharmonic and Hof Symphony and is principal percussionist with Hessen State Orchestra Wiesbaden since 2016 as well as an associate professor at Wiesbaden Music Academy. He composes works for percussion and has specialized in percussion arrangements of classical music.
Front Cover Design: Edzard Locher
Photo: Christoph Risch
Engraving: Edzard Locher
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