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Wild Rose

Composer: Ivana Bilić

Instrument: Marimba

Level: Advanced

Published: 2011

Price: €16.00

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  • Description +
    • Duration: 6.30 min.

      I always loved the inner duality of the marimba - the soft soul with a ruff edge. This piece is inspired by several musical phenomena of the XX century - rock 'n' roll, jazz, movie soundtracks, world music...reflecting the modern human being - superman/woman attitude with a heart full of childish naïveté.

      Structurally it is an impromptu with a free flow of ideas, using certain patterns - intervals or rhythmical permutation and familiar musical material as driving force and inspiration.

      The piece was created on the initiative of Bogdan Bacanu for the 2012 Salzburg Marimba Competition and dedicated to Magdalena, my dearest wild rose.

  • Instrumentation +
    • Marimba (5-octave)

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  • About the composer +
    • IVANA BILIĆ is an internationally recognised marimba virtuoso and a versatile percussion artist. She graduated percussion at the Zagreb Academy of Music (prof. Igor Lešnik).

      She regularly appears as soloist with European orchestras and participates on international festivals (Music Biennale Zagreb, Musicora Paris, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Julian Rachlin & Friends, Melos Ethos Bratislava, Tempus Fugit Tel Aviv etc.) Her concert activities include recitals, crossover projects, contemporary stage productions, cd recording sessions, appearances at live tv shows and cooperation with artists and ensembles in Europe, USA and South America.

      Ms Bilic has received all the major Croatian performers´ awards.

      Since 1996. Ivana has been the solo timpanist of the Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Radio.

      Ivana is on faculty at the Zagreb Academy of Music. She regularly gives marimba and percussion clinics and masterclasses in USA, South America and Europe and serves as jury member on international competitions (Marimba 2010 International Festival and Conference in Minneapolis, faculty at the Zeltsman Marimba Festival in Boston 2004, Appleton 2007 and 2009, and in Amsterdam 2010,  guest artist at the Belgium Marimba Competition and Festival 2004, appearances at PASIC 2002, 2006 and 2009, jury member at Paris and Salzburg Marimba Competitions, jury member and clinician at PAS Italy Percussion Days, guest artist and clinician at Alcoy 2007 Percussion course in Spain, Festival de marimbistas, Chiapas, Mexico 2004). In 2008, in cooperation with the Samobor Autumn Music Festival she has founded an annual marimba event called Ivana Bilic Marimba Week.

      Ivana performs, arranges and co-edits new works for percussion and is the author of several marimba and vibraphone solos and a duo published by Malletworks and Cantus.

      She took part in the huge international commissioning project of ZMF New Music for Marimba project in association with C.F. Peters as one of the few best marimbists who premiered and recorded the new works. Ivana is a Marimbaone artist with her own signature line of mallets.

  • Reviews +
    • Review (Percussive Notes, March (58) 2012)


      Ivana Bilic is an internationally recognized marimba virtuoso and versatile percussion artist. She composed this piece, inspired by several musical genres including rock ’n’ roll, jazz, soundtracks, and world music, for the 2012 Salzburg Marimba Competition. Technically, it contains contrapuntal lines, triple laterals, double verticals, same-hand octaves in the low register, independent rolls, and a brief chorale phrase. Some of the compositional style is reminiscent of Keiko Abe, with Bilic stating “It is an impromptu with a free flow of ideas, using certain patterns, intervals or rhythmical permutation, and familiar musical material as the driving force and inspiration.”

      The varied technical requirements help make this an excellent work with many teaching and learning opportunities in a package that will please the performer and audience. I found the composition quality to be excellent and very idiomatic. With its eclectic mix of genres and techniques, this work is unique and is highly deserving of consideration for programming at the college level.

      Jeff Moore

  • Credits +
    • Credits Front Cover artist: Vedran Kocelj
      Front Cover graphics and layout: Ronni Kot Wenzell
      Photo: Claudia Hansen
      Engraving: Johan Svitzer
      Dedicated to Lynn Vartan
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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