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Composer: Daniel Berg

Instrument: Marimba

Level: Advanced

Published: 2019

Price: €16.00

Item details

  • Description +
    • Duration: 5 min.
      Dedicated to Michael J. Burritt

      In the early 2000s, I had the pleasure of teaching and performing together with the American marimba legend, Michael Burritt at a couple of summer courses. In one concert, I remember him presenting his new solo piece ‘Scirocco’ with fast-moving and swirling melodic lines – inspired by one of the eight desert winds across the Mediterranean Sea. The year after, Michael played the first performance of his lyric ‘the Offering’ and both pieces are now standard works for marimba.

      Almost twenty years later, I got the opportunity to write a solo piece for Michael Burritt and I want to catch the positive energy from his personality and his strong virtuoso and lyrical playing. And as a greeting to Michael and with a little humour, the piece gets name after another desert wind across the Mediterranean Sea.

      The harmonies in ‘Mistral’ is chosen by overtones from the lower octaves of the marimba. Together, the notes in the chords form a tone colour that is unique to the instrument.

  • Instrumentation +
    • Marimba (5-octave)

  • About the composer +
    • Daniel Berg is a versatile marimba soloist, composer and educator. He holds the position as the marimba and chamber teacher at Ljungskile Folk High School, University Colleges of Music in Örebro and Gothenburg (Sweden).

      He has made several CD-recordings like In a Landscape, Ricamo, Sound of Transparence and Rhythm Art Duo. In his passion to promote the marimba as a solo- and chamber music instrument, Daniel has worked intimately with a number of composers who have written original music for the instrument. This includes more than 150 world premiers for solo and chamber works.

      As a composer Daniel has written a couple of solo works for marimba like Over the Moon, December and Blue Memories. The pieces belong today to the standard marimba repertoire. In Januar 2014 Daniel Berg recorded a new CD Framework together with Anders Åstrand. The CD includes their own solo and duo works for marimba and vibraphone – all published by Edition Svitzer.

  • Credits +
    • Art work (photo): Bengt Berglund
      Front Cover: Gaia Gomes
      Photo: Per Buhre
      Engraving: Johan Svitzer / Daniel Berg
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
      Copyright © Edition SVITZER