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Composer: Adam Tan

Instrument: Marimba

Level: Intermediate

Published: 2018

Price: €13.00

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  • Description +
    • Duration: 5 min.

      Moon is an intermediate solo for 4.3 octave marimba, based on the Chinese mythological mid-autumn festival story of Chang'e and her husband Houyi.

      It is tonal, with simple themes that are embellished as the piece progresses, building up to an emphatic climax in the middle with parallel octaves before whittling down to a quiet and poignant end. Recommended for intermediate players who are familiar with four-mallet technique.

      If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at my website www.adamtanpercussion.com.

      Adam Tan

  • Instrumentation +
    • Marimba (4.3 octave)

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  • About the composer +
    • Adam Tan is a percussionist from Perth, Western Australia. His favourite instrument is the marimba. 

      Adam is the host and producer of THE STUDIO, a YouTube show uploading weekly episodes about various topics of percussion, such as gear, technique and tutorials. Since its inception in 2016, THE STUDIO has grown to reach thousands of percussionists of all levels from around the world, receiving critical acclaim from the likes of Casey Cangelosi, Kai Stensgaard and Rob Knopper.  

      Adam currently holds a Master of Music (Research, Percussion) and Bachelor of Arts in Music with First Class Honours from the University of Western Australia (UWA). He was awarded the Lady Callaway Medal for Music, Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Prize in Third-Year Performance, ROSL Postgraduate Scholarship, UWA Convocation Graduates Prize in Music, and the Australian Postgraduate Award. 

      Adam has performed and presented at many local and international events, including the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), PAS Hong Kong Day of Percussion, Malaysia Percussion Festival, Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar, Australian Percussion Gathering, Canning World Arts Festival and State of the Art Festival.   

      Adam has been under the tutelage of Louise Devenish (UWA), Paul Tanner (UWA) and Tim White (WAAPA), and has been mentored by Mark Applebaum (USA), Kuniko Kato (Japan), Doug Perkins (USA), Su Yin Tan (Malaysia), and Nancy Zeltsman (USA).

  • Reviews +
    • Review (Percussive Notes, June 2020)

      Adam Tan explains that “Moon” is “based on the Chinese mythological mid-autumn festival story of Chang’e and her husband Houyi.” A synopsis of the story is included at the beginning of the score. For the majority of the work, except the middle section, both hands play lines in similar, yet not identical, rhythm using quarters, eighths, and sixteenths. The theme is quite simple and beautiful and is expanded as the piece continues. This builds to the aforementionedmiddle section, which serves as a climax. The section features fortissimo parallel octaves in the right hand. The music then settles back down and fades to a soft ending. The octaves present a technical challenge, while the piece as a whole allows for exploration of musicality.

      This is a beautiful, intermediate marimba work that is appropriate for a studio class, jury, or recital. Only requiring a 4.3-octave instrument allows more students the ability to learn and perform it. There are many musical and technical challenges that will allow for introspective study.

      —Justin Bunting

  • Credits +
    • Front Cover graphics and layout: Gaia Rodrigues
      Photo: Wilson Ng
      Engraving: Adam Tan & Johan Svitzer
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
      Copyright ©Adam Tan