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Blue Soul

Composer: Michael Burritt

Instrument: Percussion Quintet

Level: Advanced

Published: 2022

Price: €65.00

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  • Description +
    • Preface

      Blue Soul is the most recent work in my series of “blue” pieces. It was commissioned by Edition Svitzer in collaboration with Daniel Berg, The Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden and the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg, Sweden.  The Quintet features 2 vibraphones and 2 marimbas with rhythmic and timbrel reinforcement in the 5th part, primarily comprised of skinned membranes and wooden sounds.

      When I think of a blue soul, I don’t think of sadness, as might be associated with such a title. It’s more of a reflective and present soul, appreciative and fully immersed in the world and people in their lives. Blue is my favorite color and one that reminds me of hope and good things.

      Blue Soul is in memory of Dex, my dog and best buddy. I’ll miss you on my walks, but I’ll never forget you pal.

      Michael Burritt

  • Instrumentation +
    • Percussion Quintet

      Player 1
      Vibraphone (F-F)
      Wooden Plank (resonant)
      Tom, small (double headed)

      Player 2
      Vibraphone (low C)
      Bass Drum, 28-32”
      Tambourim Crotales

      Player 3
      Marimba (5.0 Octave)
      Tom, medium (double headed)

      Player 4
      Marimba (5.0 Octave)
      Tom, large (double headed)
      Bamboo Chimes

      Player 5
      Tam Tam (w/ metal stick)
      2 Congas
      Susp. Cymbal (medium)
      Kick Drum w/ pedal (22”)
      Wooden Plank (resonant)
      Harmonica in C

  • About the composer +
    • Having performed in four continents and more than forty states, Michael Burritt is one of his generation's most accomplished percussionists. He is in frequent demand performing concert tours and master classes throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada. Mr. Burritt has been soloist with the United States Air Force Band, Dallas Wind Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Nexus, Third Coast Percussion, Ju Percussion Group (Taiwan), Percussion Art Quartet (Germany) and the Amores Percussion Group (Spain). Mr. Burritt has three solo as well as numerous chamber recordings. In 2018 he recorded his Home Trilogy with the world renown percussion group Nexus and is soon to release a new recording of solo and chamber works by Alejandro Viñao with the Grammy Award winning Third Coast Percussion. Burritt recently premiered Fast Forward, Chamber Concerto commissioned for him in celebration of the centennial of the Eastman School of Music by Pulitzer Prize winning Composer Joseph Schwantner.

      He has been a featured artist at nine Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. In 1992 he presented his New York solo debut in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and in 1998 performed his London debut in the Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall. Mr. Burritt has extensive chamber and orchestral experience and has performed with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, The Chicago Symphony, Nexus, Third Coast Percussion and The Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra.

      Mr. Burritt is also active as a composer, with three concertos to his credit as well as numerous solo and chamber works for marimba and percussion. His works for solo marimba have become standard repertoire for the instrument and are frequently required repertoire on international competitions. Commissions include The World Marimba Competition in Stuttgart Germany, The Paris International Marimba Competition, Nexus and Paris Percussion Group.  Zildjian recently commissioned Mr Burritt to compose a 30 minute work in celebration of the company’s 400 years anniversary in 2023.  Mr. Burritt is published with Keyboard Percussion Publications, C. Alan, Masters Music and Innovative Percussion. Burritt is also an artist/clinician and product design/consultant for Malletech, where he has developed his own line of marimba mallets and the MJB Signature Marimba. He is an artist/educational clinician with the Zildjian Company and Evans Drum Heads and Yamaha Drums. Mr. Burritt is currently the President of Percussive Arts Society,  was a member of the Board of Directors from 1996 - 2008, was a contributing editor for Percussive Notes Magazine from 1991 – 2006 and was chairman of the PAS Keyboard Committee from 2004 – 2010.

      Mr. Burritt is currently holds the Paul J. Burgett Distinguished Professorship and is  Professor of Percussion at The Eastman School of Music where he is only the third person in the history of the school to hold this position. Prior to his appointment at  Eastman, Mr. Burritt was Professor of Percussion at Northwestern University from 1995-2008 where he developed a program of international distinction. Mr. Burritt received his Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees, as well as the prestigious Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

  • Credits +
    • With support from Koda’s Cultural Funds
      Painting: Alyssa Hamilton
      Front Cover Artwork: Nicola Lee
      Photo: Colin McCall
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
      Copyright © Edition SVITZER

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