Composer: Piazzolla, Satie / arr. Markus Leoson
In this compilation I have brought together and arranged pieces, that I many times have played as encores for marimba in my concerts during the years, with shorter beautiful pieces that always had a special place in my heart. The common theme for these three miniature master pieces is that I find them also suiting marvellously for marimba and they span from classical piano pieces over swedish folk music to popular music. They are not virtuoso in a normal sense but rather musically warm hearted pieces. I hope that they will find their way too many other marimba players as well and that you will enjoy them very much.
Gnossienne No. 4 by Erik SATIE
Emigrant Song, old swedish folksong
Invierno Porteño by Astor Piazzolla
Musik: Astor Piazzolla
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About the composer +
Astor Pantaleón Piazzolla (March 11, 1921 – July 4, 1992) was an Argentine tango composer, bandoneon player, and arranger. His oeuvre revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style termed nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music. A virtuoso bandoneonist, he regularly performed his own compositions with a variety of ensembles.
In 1992, American music critic Stephen Holden described Piazzolla as "the world's foremost composer of tango music".
Éric Alfred Leslie Satie (17 May 1866 – 1 July 1925), who signed his name Erik Satie after 1884, was a French composer and pianist. Satie was an influential artist in the late 19th- and early 20th-century Parisian avant-garde. His work was a precursor to later artistic movements such as minimalism, repetitive music, and the Theatre of the Absurd.
Review (Percussive Notes, October 2021)
Encores is a collection of three arrangements by Markus Leoson. The first is “Gnossienne No. 4” by Erik Satie. This piece is slow with flowing arpeggiations in the left hand with a simple melody in the right. While slow, the performer will need to be very adept at playing wide ranges and especially at performing single-note one-handed rolls while moving around the instrument with the other hand. This arrangement would be a great and somber addition to the middle of a recital.
The next arrangement is “Emigrantvisa,” or “Emigrant Song.” This is an old Swedish folk song that Leoson has adapted for the marimba. Although the melody is fairly simple and only marked Andante, this work requires dexterity in moving around the keyboard. It requires one-handed rolls in both hands, many times in slightly awkward positions between the naturals and accidentals. However, the arrangement is quite well done and would be great for slightly advanced students who need to be challenged, but aren’t ready for pieces of great length.
The final arrangement is “Invierno Porteño” by Astor Piazzolla. Another slow work, this one has the performer playing in wide stretches as well. Again, one-handed rolls are used throughout the piece. While this one is a little stricter with tempo, it is marked Lento, so the player will need to maintain a slow pace. The middle section is slightly more active than the beginning and end.
Leoson has offered three well-crafted arrangements for the solo marimba repertoire. These pieces, while short, would go well on senior or even graduate-level recitals. The techniques needed to execute them are definitely advanced. Although they are slower pieces, the musicality required along with the technique make them enjoyable for any audience.
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