Easy Solos Vol. 4
Composer: Daniel Berg
Instrument: Marimba, Vibraphone or Xylophone
Duration: 15 min.
In the early 1970s the legendary percussionist Mitchell Peters composed unforgettable works for the young marimba player such as Sea Reflections and Yellow after the Rain. Now Daniel Berg continues Peters pedagogical idea of a repertoire that is idiomatic while musically challenging for the young percussionist.
With this final booklet in the series Easy Solos, I want to salute five people who all contributed greatly to increase the interest in the marimba.
Vol. 4 contains:
• Opus and Numero (dedicated to Clair Omar Musser)
• Zen Refractions after the Rain (to Mitchell Peters)
• Une Petite Prière (to Evelyn Glennie)
• Etude #4 (to Paul Smadbeck)
• Variations on Swedish Folk Songs (to Keiko Abe)
Easy Solos Vol. 1, 2 and 3 are previously published by Edition Svitzer. The books have been very well received among young students and teachers around the world.
With these five works my hope is to approach the classical standard repertoire for marimba, in the degree of difficulty, and therefore the technical level is a little higher than in the previous parts. As before, all the works in this booklet have the range F-F and can therefore be played on any mallet instruments.
Marimba, Vibraphone or Xylophone
About the composer +
Daniel Berg is a Swedish composer, musician and professor in classical percussion. He combines the role of writing music with being a versatile musician and teaches solo percussion and chamber music at the University College of Music in Gothenburg, Stockholm and Örebro in Sweden.
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 250 world premieres for solo and chamber works. Daniel Berg is an artist of Bergerault Marimbas and Elite Mallets.
As a composer Daniel has written a lot for percussion published by Edition Svitzer like his Kroumata for percussion sextet, Images for Percussion Duo and Yán Jiāng (Magma) for solo marimba - a commission from the Taiwan World Percussion Competition 2020.
Illustrations: Jacob Niclas Tersmeden
Front Cover layout: Ronni Kot Wenzell
Photo: Per Buhre
Engraving: Johan Svitzer
Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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