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Purity 2

Composer: Tomasz Goliński

Instrument: Marimba Duo

Level: Advanced

Published: 2013

Price: €35.00

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  • Description +
    • Duration: 7.30 min.

      Purity 2 was composed by Tomasz Goliński in 2012. The piece is based on Purity I for solo marimba which won the first prize on the Universal Marimba Composition Competition in 2011 and was carefully designed for two players to show enormous possibilities of two marimbas sounding together. 
      The basic inspiration for writing the piece was the necessity of clean (pure) state of mind which determinates, not by accident, the tonality of the opening section as C sharp minor and modal harmonic construction. The piece consists many melodic, lyrical, dark and bright musical material which can inspire the most demanding performers.

  • Instrumentation +
    • Two Marimbas

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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, May, 2014

      Composed in 2012, “Purity 2” is an extension of Golinski’s “Purity 1,” which won first prize in the Universal Marimba Composition Competition in 2011. Many of the themes from the original marimba solo make an appearance in this new work, with sections being more of a reorchestration as opposed to new material. Golinski states that the goal of this new work was “to show [the] enormous possibilities of two marimbas sounding together,” a goal that Golinski achieves quite well. 

      “Purity 2” contains a variety of textures, from dense tutti sections to areas of homophonic writing with one player taking the lead voice over the other. This variety also translates to compositional style, with Golinski providing everything from brisk eighth-note lines provided by each player to lush chorale sections. Typically, one performer acts as the lead player while the other reinforces, though there are times when both players are on equal ground. 

      With the presence of one-handed rolls and triple-lateral strokes, combined with the chamber music skills the work demands to be played accurately, this piece would be appropriate for mature undergraduate students or graduate students. Its harmonic nature will be accessible for a wide variety of listeners, and the technical demands should be impressive to any audience member. 

      “Purity 2” is a fine contribution to the marimba duo repertoire that showcases many different facets of the instrument. The variety and energy contained in this work are sure to please performers and audience members alike.

      —Brian Nozny

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