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Composer: Alexej Gerassimez

Instrument: Piano and Vibraphone

Level: Advanced

Published: 2015

Price: €20.00

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  • Description +
    • Duration: 5.30 min.

      Everybody knows the famous „Libertango“ by Astor Piazzolla. I was going to make an arrangement for vibraphone and piano, because I really like this powerful combination. But during the process I moved away from the primary aim and found myself improvising and restructuring the material of this piece.

      Though I drew the spirit of piazzollas style of music with me, I escaped and stepped into a new „country".

      „Piazonore“ is the result of this adventurous process and there is no longer a clear resemblance to it’s original form of a „tango“.

      Don’t take it too seriously and have fun.

  • Instrumentation +
    • Piano and Vibraphone

  • Watch+
    • Performed by Alexej Gerassimez (vibraphone) and Nicolai Gerassimez (piano)

      Performed by Wasupon Tarntira (vibraphone) and Kant Lormsomboon (piano)

  • About the composer +
    • His enthusiasm for music and rhythms, always searching for new sound effects, his feeling for structure – all these qualities led the young percussion soloist Alexej Gerassimez to begin to compose. His main aim is to enlarge the solo and chamber music repertoire for percussion. He has already published several works in collaboration with the publishing company “Edition Svitzer”.

  • Reviews +
    • Percussive Notes, November 2016

      Composed in 2014 as a unique jazz vibraphone/piano duo, Alexej Gerassimez’s “Piazonore” is a five-and-a-half minute, single-movement composition that demands a superb four-mallet vibraphonist as well as a superb piano accompanist (who really functions in duet with the vibraphone performer).  

      A YouTube video available through the publisher’s website provides a beautiful performance of this composition, which is in A minor. With the exception of the brief codetta ending (which is in 5/8), the composition is in a driving 4/4 with lots of syncopation in the opening and concluding sections of this ternary structure. The contrasting B section is softer, less rhythmic, and more reflectively pensive in its presentation. This 181-measure composition would be a great opening piece for a recital or a superb closing work in a jazz setting. This composition would be an excellent repertoire selection for a master’s degree-level performance.  

      —Jim Lambert

  • Credits +
    • Front Cover graphics and layout: Gaia Gomes
      Engraving: Alexej Gerassimez/Johan Svitzer
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
      Copyright © Edition SVITZER