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Composer: Miki Campins

Instrument: Percussion Ensemble

Level: Intermediate

Published: 2012

Price: €24.00

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  • Description +
    • Duration: 4.30 min.

      The piece that would become Shiver was composed as a soundtrack for a Spanish short film from 2002 by Francis Expósito called “Esta noche en el parque”. A winter’s night, an empty public park and two people meeting for the first time after spending one night together. 

      I was very excited since it was one of my first commissions so I started to watch the footage to start figuring what the music would be like. In the middle of the film, the atmosphere started to warm up, followed by an outburst of rage. Suddenly, the thought of a sensual scene bound to end badly, in a park in a cold damp winter’s night sent a shiver down my spine. It became a groovy funky based on a marimba ostinato, very inspired in the 80’s and modal minimalism.

  • Instrumentation +
    • Percussion Quartet:

      Vibraphone (1)
      Marimba 4.3 octaves (2)

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  • About the composer +
    • Miki Campins (Miquel Àngel Campins Camacho), born in Mallorca (Spain) in 1979, started in music as a modern and classical guitar player, but soon changed to drumset and classical percussion. 

      He studied in the "Conservatori de música i dansa de les Illes Balears" with Paco Vicedo as his main teacher, but also got lessons from Armando Lorente, Susana Pacheco and Juan Carlos Murgui. He attended masterclasses and courses by Rebecca Kite, David Moersch, Philippe Spiesser and many others in classical percussion, and Trilok Gurtu, Alex Acuña, Salvador Niebla, Keyvan Chemirani and many others in drumset and ethnical percussion. 

      He obtained the Bachelor and Master degree in percussion at the "Högskolan för scen och musik" in Gothenburg (Sweden), with Professor Einar Nielsen, Daniel Norberg and Daniel Berg. 

      He's currently teaching percussion in Ålesund, Norway.

  • Reviews +
    • Percussive Notes, May, 2013

      This work for four players combines common, simplistic tone coloring effects of Ney Rosauro’s music and repetitive groove patterns similar to works by Graham Fitkin to produce a four-and-a-half minute result anchored on the “sum of its parts” rather than melody and harmony. Rooted in (and deviating little from) A minor throughout, Miki Campins succeeds in writing a work that is groovy without being memorable; similar to good background music in a movie scene. 

      For a beginning four-mallet player, all of the individual parts will serve as an exercise in incorporating double verticals and permutations into an ensemble work. Additionally, experienced mallet players can test their memorization skills and hone their chamber ensemble performance chops as they collaborate with three other percussionists. While the composer does include some vibraphone bowing in the middle section of the piece, the resultant music does little to introduce new ideas, but rather reiterates tone colors and moods from previous material. Ultimately, the strength of this work stems from textures and patterns, and can also serve as a nice introduction to chamber music for students that could benefit from collective “wood shedding” time.

      —Joshua D. Smith

  • Credits +
    • Front cover graphics: Sune Kliborg Lynge (Kliborg Design)
      Engraving: Miki Campins & Johan Svitzer
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
      Copyright © Edition SVITZER

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