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Composer: Tomasz Goliński

Instrument: Marimba

Level: Advanced

Published: 2012

Price: €25.00

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  • Description +
    • Duration: 10 min.

      This piece won the first prize of the Universal Marimba Composition Competition 2010 Belgium and it has been selected as a set-piece of the Universal Marimba Competition 2013 Belgium. 

      Luminosity consists of two movements. The first movement shows a mysterious and dark climate which is reflected in the choral and contrasting rhythmical sections...

      The second movement contains many virtuosic, fast and furious sections which can be a challenge for any marimba performer. It shows new technical ideas such as repeated extremely fast single or double notes creating the background for the melodic material which is gradually building up in combination with rhythmical irregularities...

  • Instrumentation +
    • Marimba (5 octave)

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  • About the composer +
    • Polish marimbist, percussionist and composer Tomasz Goliński (b. 1986) is currently studying Postgraduate marimba solo program with Professor Ludwig Albert and composition with Professor Luc Van Hove at the Leuven University College of Arts -Lemmensinstitute, Belgium. He completed his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music (marimba specialization) with greatest distinction at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, Belgium in 2011 with Professor Ludwig Albert. In 2011 he also completed his Master of Arts (percussion specialization) with greatest distinction at the Academy of Music Gdansk, Poland with Professor Mirosław Adrjanczyk.

      He has won many prizes including first prize of the Universal Marimba Competition 2011 in the chamber music category with his marimba duo partner Irena Manolova as Lucid Duo, first prize of the Universal Marimba Composition Competition 2011 and 2012 with the pieces for marimba solo “Luminosity” and “Purity”, second prize in the marimba category of the 8th Percussive Arts Society Italy International Percussion Competition, Fermo in 2010, second prize in the marimba solo category of the 39th Percussive Arts Society Percussion Composition Contest 2011 in the USA with the piece “The Absurd World”. He also got an award from the President of Koszalin in 2012 for his outstanding artistic achievements.

      He has participated in several courses including the Ludwig Albert International Marimba Academy Belgium 2009 and 2011, the Katarzyna Mycka’s International Marimba Academy Poland 2005 , the Percussion Days Royal Conservatoire Antwerp 2010, the International Festival the Percussion Solo and in a Band Poland 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, the Composition Workshops with Professor Marek Jasiński 2004, the Percussion Symposium Contemporary Times and New Trends in Teaching Percussion Bydgoszcz Music Academy Poland 2004.

  • Reviews +
    • Percussive Notes, March, 2013)

      This piece won first prize in the 2010 Universal Marimba Composition Competition and has been selected as the set piece for the 2013 Universal Marimba Competition in Belgium. Tomasz Golinski is a Polish percussionist/composer and a student of Ludwig Albert, to whom this work is dedicated. Golinski has won many awards including second prize in the 2011 PAS Composition Competition for his chamber piece “The Absurd World.”   

      Comprising two movements, each of which is divided into distinct sections, the solo is demanding technically, yet idiomatic, given the composer’s background in marimba performance. The first movement is dark in character with a recommendation to use heavy mallets (soft in the bass, medium soft for the inside mallets, and medium hard in the soprano voice). The movement is in five sections, with sections 1, 3, and 5 being rolled chorales, contrasted by the rhythmic sections in 2 and 4. The chorales require sensitivity and musical maturity for interpretation, while the rhythmic sections contain single independent and lateral strokes, double verticals with large leaps at times, and good independence between the right and left hand.  

      The second movement contains challenging, virtuosic sections that require fast repetitive single independent, double vertical/lateral strokes (some suggested stickings are indicated), but no onehand, single independent rolls. The movement utilizes the entire range of a five-octave instrument with quick leaps and octaves in both hands. In addition to the technical requirements, a high level of musicianship is required to bring out the lyrical melodic elements within the demanding virtuosic sections.  

      This is an excellent addition to contemporary marimba literature. The technical and musical elements are rewarding to study and enjoyable for both the performer and the audience.

      —Jeff Moore

  • Credits +
    • Front Cover Graphics and Layout: Ronni Kot Wenzell
      Engraving: Tomasz Goliński & Johan Svitzer
      Special thanks to Csaba Zoltán Marján
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
      Copyright © Edition Svitzer