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Tango for Two

Composer: Edmund Jolliffe

Instrument: Marimba and Vibraphone

Level: Easy/Intermediate

Published: 2022

Price: €20.00

Item details

  • Description +
    • Preface

      Tango for Two’ is a light hearted piece, beginning with a Tango rhythm in the marimba and melody in the vibraphone. During the piece the roles of accompanist or soloist frequently swap around. The music has more fiery moments as the players sometimes compete with each other for centre stage, but it’s always playful at heart. Just like a dance, ‘Tango for Two’ works best when the players are in perfect accord with each other.

      Edmund Jolliffe

  • Instrumentation +
    • Marimba and Vibraphone

  • About the composer +
    • Edmund’s music embraces a huge range of styles from contemporary classical to songs for shows. He writes music for film and television and is also an award winning concert composer.  His music is published, performed and broadcast all over the world.  

      Recent commissions include pieces for The London Festival of Contemporary Church Music (broadcast on Radio 3), Oxford University Press Collections and The London Gay Men’s Chorus. In 2019 he won first prize at the 40th Ithaca College Choral Composition Competition and the Freudig Singers Choral Composition Competition. His music is published by OUP, Stainer & Bell, ABRSM, Banks Music, Tetractys, Spartan Press and Recital Music. 

      Edmund has been writing music to picture for twenty years. Major series he has composed music for include ‘Who do you think you are?’ (BBC1), ‘The Great War: The People’s Story’ (ITV1), ‘Homestead Rescue’ (Discovery) ‘Crazy Delicious’ (C4/Netflix) ‘Long Lost Family’ (ITV1) and ‘Unreported World’ (C4). He was nominated for an RTS Craft and Design Award for his score for the BBC film ‘Elizabeth at 90’. 

      Edmund studied music at Oxford University and completed a Masters in Film Composition at the Royal College of Music under Joseph Horovitz and Academy Award winner Dario Marianelli. He also studied on the Advanced Composition Course at Dartington International Summer School (supported by the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust) and has attended composer residencies at the Banff Centre, Canada (Gladys and Merrill Muttart foundation scholarship for artistic residency) and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, New Mexico. He is a fellow of the ISM and full member of the PRS and MCPS. 

      Currently he teaches composition at the Royal Academy of Music (Junior Department) and is a Lecturer in Composing for the Moving Image at City University. 

      More information about him can be found at: www.edmundjolliffe.com

  • Reviews +
    • Review (Percussive Notes, June 2022)

      “Tango for Two” is a fun duet for vibraphone and marimba. Both parts are equal in difficulty and use two-mallet technique throughout. Although there are a few challenging leaps in the marimba part that might be slightly easier with four mallets, my opinion is that there is not enough two-mallet literature out there, and “Tango for Two” can easily help fill that gap. There are also some quick double-stop passages that will prove challenging in terms of flow and accuracy. Both players perform melody and accompaniment at different points, giving ample opportunity for musicality.

      Musically, this appealing work reminds me of the Gary Burton/Astor Piazzola album The New Tango, and it includes some lovely Beatles-esque harmony. Based on this, one would expect key changes and numerous instances of chromaticism, which “Tango for Two” certainly delivers. The tempo gradually increases for much of the piece, with an extremely fast and exciting tempo by the end. This piece is suitable as an encore and/ or a fun addition to a recital.

      — Joseph Van Hassel

  • Credits +
    • Front Cover graphics and layout: Nicola Lee
      Engraving: CPH Engraving
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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