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Hope

Composer: Adam Tan

Instrument: Marimba

Level: Intermediate

Published: 2020

Price: €14.00


Item details

  • Description +
    • Duration: 3½ min.

      Hope can be considered the brighter, more cheerful relative of my other 4.3 octave marimba solo Moon, which had a darker tone amongst the backdrop of the mythical tale of Chang'e and Houyi. Hope instead focuses on the more contemporary theme of shared optimism in darker times, and was written as a reflection on the power of humanity amongst global shutdowns and tragic loss of life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

      Hope is a simple and open-ended work with a clear melodic line and boundless phrasing opportunities. I originally wrote Hope as a compulsory solo for Marimbafest 2020 (a marimba festival which was cancelled due to COVID-19) to allow performers to freely present their phrasing and voicing abilities. Sometimes, the simplest works can show the most about a musician's thoughts, emotions and intentions, and as such your performance of Hope will always be unique amongst everyone else's.

      Hope was premiered by Adam Tan online on YouTube on 10th May 2020.

  • Instrumentation +
    • Marimba (4.3 octave)

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  • About the composer +
    • Adam Tan is a percussionist from Perth, Western Australia. His favourite instrument is the marimba. 

      Adam is the host and producer of THE STUDIO, a YouTube show uploading weekly episodes about various topics of percussion, such as gear, technique and tutorials. Since its inception in 2016, THE STUDIO has grown to reach thousands of percussionists of all levels from around the world, receiving critical acclaim from the likes of Casey Cangelosi, Kai Stensgaard and Rob Knopper.  

      Adam currently holds a Master of Music (Research, Percussion) and Bachelor of Arts in Music with First Class Honours from the University of Western Australia (UWA). He was awarded the Lady Callaway Medal for Music, Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Prize in Third-Year Performance, ROSL Postgraduate Scholarship, UWA Convocation Graduates Prize in Music, and the Australian Postgraduate Award. 

      Adam has performed and presented at many local and international events, including the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), PAS Hong Kong Day of Percussion, Malaysia Percussion Festival, Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar, Australian Percussion Gathering, Canning World Arts Festival and State of the Art Festival.   

      Adam has been under the tutelage of Louise Devenish (UWA), Paul Tanner (UWA) and Tim White (WAAPA), and has been mentored by Mark Applebaum (USA), Kuniko Kato (Japan), Doug Perkins (USA), Su Yin Tan (Malaysia), and Nancy Zeltsman (USA).

  • Credits +
    • Front Cover graphics and layout: Adam Tan
      Photo: Nik Babic
      Engraving: Adam Tan & Johan Svitzer
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
      Copyright ©Adam Tan