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Blue Memories

Composer: Daniel Berg

Instrument: Marimba

Level: Intermediate

Published: 2010

Price: €16.00

Item details

  • Description +
    • Duration: 3 min.

      Some memories are easy to tell - others are more like a feeling, difficult to put into words. This piece is an attempt to describe this feeling in music.

      The harmonic tension between G major and F sharp minor, creates a melancholy mood - a kind of nostalgia - Blue Memories.

  • Instrumentation +
    • Marimba

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  • About the composer +
    • Daniel Berg is a versatile marimba soloist, composer and educator. He holds the position as the marimba and chamber teacher at Ljungskile Folk High School, University Colleges of Music in Örebro and Gothenburg (Sweden).

      He has made several CD-recordings like In a Landscape, Ricamo, Sound of Transparence and Rhythm Art Duo. 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 150 world premiers for solo and chamber works.

      As a composer Daniel has written a couple of solo works for marimba like Over the Moon, December and Blue Memories. The pieces belong today to the standard marimba repertoire. In Januar 2014 Daniel Berg recorded a new CD Framework together with Anders Åstrand. The CD includes their own solo and duo works for marimba and vibraphone – all published by Edition Svitzer.

  • Reviews +
    • Review (Percussive Notes, May 2012)

      Creating his own unique voice for marimba, Daniel Berg demonstrates compositional strategies similar to “December” in this work. Displaying elements of simplicity, this mellow composition is only 47 measures in duration. Highly idiomatic, the composer uses three sticking permutations to structure the thematic material. While there are double vertical and single independent strokes, a majority of the piece revolves around lateral strokes. Also maintaining a consistency in intervals, the left hand has a strong presence of fourths and fifths while the right hand incorporates a lot of octaves. 

      Suitable for the developing marimbist, this short work would be a quick study for a young collegiate or advanced high school percussionist. In order to elicit the nostalgic character intended by the composer, any student will be challenged to obtain the desired mood through the endless stream of sixteenth notes. This is an excellent option for those who enjoy the sound of Berg’s works but would like a less virtuosic option than “Over the Moon.”

      —Darin Olson

  • Credits +
    • Front Cover graphics and layout: Ronni Kot Wenzell
      Enamel painting: Bengt Berglund
      Engraving: Johan Svitzer
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
      Copyright © Edition SVITZER