Across Heaven - Beyond The Clouds
Composer: Daniel Berg
Instrument: Vibraphone and Organ
In 1962, the Swedish poet and Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer published his collection of poems the Half-Finished Heaven. Here there is both uncertainty and a quiet melancholy about opportunities we never see and take, but at the same time a simple joy and an obvious sense of freedom expressed in heartbreaking images and an incredible linguistic tension.
When the artist Peter Christensson heard Daniel's new work for vibraphone and organ, he saw a green sky envisioned, but what’s behind the clouds? This is precisely what is central to art, poetry and music – to describe and portray the unpredictable and enigmatic – a quiet sadness over opportunities we never see and take, but at the same time a joy and obvious sense of freedom expressed in creation.
Comment regarding organ registration:
In the first part of the piece, it is important that the registration is clear in order to facilitate rhythmic accuracy and is transparent without becoming too thick. The basic idea can be principals 8, 4, 2 with the addition of some aliquot stops (fifths or possibly thirds). If the principal timbre becomes too thick, it can make it easier to build the timbre on flute parts in the same foot number.
The same registration applies to the final part including the coda – possibly with the addition of mixture timbre in the manual and reeds in the pedal. In the pedal it is the same principle, however, if the pedal is powerfully registered and possibly disconnected, you can possibly exclude some of the octave parts in the pedal.
In the middle part, it fits nicely with double 8-foot parts of a soft and preferably stroking character. The pedal can easily be registered with 16- and 8-foot parts of a labial character – aim for a sound like a double bass!
Vibraphone and Organ
About the composer +
Daniel Berg is a Swedish composer, musician and professor in classical percussion. He combines the role of writing music with being a versatile musician and teaches solo percussion and chamber music at the University College of Music in Gothenburg, Stockholm and Örebro in 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 like his Kroumata for percussion sextet, Images for Percussion Duo and Yán Jiāng (Magma) for solo marimba - a commission from the Taiwan World Percussion Competition 2020.
Artwork: Peter Christensson
Photo (Daniel Berg): Jon Liinason
Cover: Nicola Lee
Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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