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Composer: Michael Bønsdorf

Instrument: Marimba and Two Rototoms

Level: Advanced

Published: 2020

Price: €16.00

Item details

  • Description +
    • Duration: approx. 4 min.

      Written to Kasper Thiesson for his debut in 1997.

      Audio extract by Kim Philipp Möllgaard.

  • Instrumentation +
    • For Marimba and Two Rototoms (16" and 14")

  • About the composer +
    • Michael Bønsdorf earned his master’s degree in musicology from The University of Aalborg and studied composition and music theory privately with the Danish composers Svend Christiansen, Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen and Niels Marthinsen. He is a member of The Danish Association of Composers and has been awarded a number of grants, i.a. a two-year grant from The Danish Arts Council and from The Velux Foundation enabling him to study abroad. Michael Bønsdorf`s output primarily consists of chamber and choral music.

  • Reviews +
    • Review (Percussive Notes, October 2021)
      This solo was written for Kasper Thiesson in 1997 with a revised edition published in 2020. It is labeled as “advanced” by the publisher with a run-time of approximately four minutes. While it’s mostly in 2/4 and 4/4, there are some small segments of 7/8.

      You don’t see very many marimba pieces written with Roto Toms. Throughout the three sections of the piece, this addition is treated in various ways: sometimes as its own melody, sometimes as an echo of the marimba melody, and others as accompaniment. There are many instances of interesting rhythmic interaction throughout that plays with alternating sextuplets and quintuplets between the instruments.
      If you have played music written for marimba to be played with other instruments simultaneously, you’ll know that setup is key to play both instruments successfully. There is no setup diagram on the publisher website, so performers will be left to discover their own. It will help, however, that the marimba parts can be played on a keyboard as small as a 4-octave.
      —Ben Cantrell
  • Credits +
    • Front Cover Graphics: Ronni Kot Wenzell
      Photo: Marie Ingerslev
      Engraving: Michael Bønsdorf & Johan Svitzer
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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