Three pieces for marimba
Composer: Yngve Jan Trede
Duration: 8 min.
On 7 May 2012, a memorial concert was made for Yngve Jan Trede at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Swedish marimbist Johan Bridger performed Tre stykker for marimba. The memorial concert was recorded by John Stæhr and can be found on YouTube.
“balanced harmonies that constantly change, followed by a chorale-like movement with returning motif … expressive and well structured 3rd movement … intelligent and rare
Johan Bridger, lecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Music
Marimba (4.3 octave)
About the composer +
Composer, music theorist and harpsichordist Yngve Jan Trede (1933–2010) was born near Hannover, Germany. In 1947 he met with writer and organ theorist Hans Henny Jahnn, who knew Trede’s family and later became his parent-in-law. Young Trede received education at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Freiburg and in 1960 he completed his diploma in piano, orchestral conducting, music theory and composition as principal subject at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg.
From 1958–1966 he taught at the same institution and in 1968 he was appointed associate professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and later (1973–1995) as professor in music theory and composition. At that time, Yngve Jan Trede had plans to gain his Danish citizenship, as he had greatly influenced and impacted the Danish music environment as a fine harpsichordist and a highly respected music theorist.
As an active composer, Trede’s extensive list of compositions include works for various solo instruments (organ, marimba, harpsichord, piano), chamber ensemble, orchestra and song cycles. In 1978 he composed an opera based on Hieronymus Justesen Ranch’s comedy ‘Karrig Nidding’. It received the title Det nærige svin, but was performed under a different title (Danefæ) in 1980 at the Royal Danish Theatre. Yngve Jan Trede also used his background as a music theorist, composer and skilled musician to complete his edition of the final movement of J. S. Bach’s great work Die kunst der Fuge in the 1990’s.
by Claus Røllum-Larsen. The Royal Library
Percussive Notes, May, 2013
Published posthumously, “Tre Stykker for Marimba” (Three Pieces for Marimba”) by German-born composer, theorist, and harpsichordist Yngve Jan Trede provides the marimba community with something very interesting and quite different. This eight-minute solo is moderately difficult and not something the audience will whistle as they leave the concert hall, but it is definitely worth learning.
This three-movement work explores the upper range of the instrument almost exclusively. For those who may not have access to a 5.0-octave instrument, this is good news. The first movement serves as a prelude; outside of the final measures, this movement could be played with two mallets. Prepare to practice handsseparate! The second movement is a slow lament that primarily utilizes rolls, with some interjections. The third movement is labeled “fast concertante”; the performer must be comfortable with rapid, double vertical strokes from the interval of a minor second to an octave. You will also have to work on your extended “wingspan”!
For those searching for a short, fresh, and interesting addition to their repertoire, this work may be for you. Its contrasting movements, medium-level technical demands, and tense harmonic language make it enjoyable for audiences and performers alike.
—T. Adam Blackstock
Front cover painting: Mogens Balle
Graphics and layout: Ronni Kot Wenzell
Editor: Csaba Zoltan Marján
Translation: Robert Oetomo
Engraving: CPH Engraving
Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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