Composer: Daniel Berg
Instrument: Vibraphone and Marimba
Duration: 12 min.
In 1992, I started with Fredrik Duvling at the Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg, Sweden to study percussion with Bo Holmstrand and Einar Nielsen. Already the first week we started playing duo with each other and as a great inspiration we had the Danish percussion duo Safri Duo. We studied several works our Danish role models had in their repertoire such as the arrangement of Ravel's Alborada del gracioso, Re-Percussion by Per Nörgård and Miinoru Miki's Marimba Spiritual in a version for two percussionists.
Today, almost 30 years later, Fredrik and I have worked closely with composers who written a fantastic personal repertoire for us who have followed us on numerous tours and recordings. When we talked about the future after this summer's tour, Fredrik suggested:- Why don’t you write something for us?
Musicians who have played together for a long time often become a mirror image of the other player, perhaps it is most clearly seen among percussionists? When timing, phrasing, nuances and movements work in the interplay, the musicians become shadows of each other.
With the first movement of Images, I want to create a dreamlike atmosphere where the musicians become a shadow, an echo of each other. The second movement is very rhythmic where the percussionists become a mirror image of each other with unison rhythms that energetically drive the music to the virtuoso ending.
Vibraphone and Marimba
About the composer +
Daniel Berg is a versatile marimba soloist, composer and educator. He holds the position as the percussion and chamber music teacher at the University Colleges of Music in Stockholm, Örebro and Gothenburg (Sweden).
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 250 world premieres for solo and chamber works. Daniel Berg is an artist of Bergerault Marimbas and Elite Mallets.
As a composer Daniel has written a lot for percussion published by Edition Svitzer. Solo pieces for marimba like Helios, Phoenix and Twilight Garden and the series of Easy Duets and Easy Solos who become a best seller for young percussion players round the world.
Art work (Photo): Bengt Berglund
Front Cover: Ronni Kot Wenzell
Photo (Daniel Berg): Jon Liinason
Engraving: Johan Svitzer / Daniel Berg
Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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