Composer: Erik Satie / arr. Markus Leoson
Gymnopédie 1 and 3 together with Gnossienne 1 and 3 are of course very well-known pieces but anyhow so suitable for the marimba since the original was written for piano. I´ve deliberately tried to stay as close to the original as possible but made it more appropriate to play for the marimbist according to the instruments range and technical possibilities.
Please feel free to experiment with different kind of rolls like the ripple-roll, the one-hand-roll and the more unknown Ada-roll. Remember that turning the body just a little to the right or to the left facilitates many tricky tremolo suggestions. Several tremolos are also optional. The way to execute some of the more difficult tremolos (especially the Ada-roll) will I explain in a coming video at www.editionsvitzer.com
These four pieces by Erik Satie are my own favourites where the composer´s mind and mood together with his cunning musical poetical expression suits the spiritual essence of the marimba like hand in glove.
Gymnopédie 1 and 3
Gnossienne 1 and 3
Solo Marimba (5 octave)
About the composer +
Éric Alfred Leslie Satie (17 May 1866 – 1 July 1925), who signed his name Erik Satie after 1884, was a French composer and pianist. Satie was an influential artist in the late 19th- and early 20th-century Parisian avant-garde. His work was a precursor to later artistic movements such as minimalism, repetitive music, and the Theatre of the Absurd.
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