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A Long Winter's Night

marimba and piano duet
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Composer: Edward Freytag
Publisher: Innovative Percussion
Instrumentation: Piano, Marimba - Low A 

Program Notes:
"A Long Winter's Night", Edward Freytag's new three movement marimba/piano duet, was literally composed during one cold January evening as a reflection of the solitude created by the harsh and confining winter weather. Movement I pivots around a haunting melody supported by a rhythmic ostinata representing an introspective look at one's own psyche. Movement II exudes the peace found while sitting in front of a fire...bundled in a warm blanket...immersed in a great book that transports one into another time and place. Movement III, with its contemporary harmonies and form, exhibits the brink of control that one approaches when confronted with "cabin fever". The piece, written for advanced high school to early college performers, is a true duet requiring equal musical contributions from both performers.


Review:
"Around five minutes in length, this piece is comprised of three short contrasting movements that were composed over the course of a single winter evening. The composer states, “Movement I pivots around a haunting melody supported by a rhythmic ostinato representing an introspective look at one’s own psyche.  Movement II exudes the peace found while sitting in front of a fire...bundled in a warm blanket...immersed in a great book that transports one into another time and place. Movement III, with its contemporary harmonies and form, exhibits the brink of control that one approaches when confronted with ‘cabin fever’.”
The marimba writing would be appropriate for an intermediate player. The majority of the scoring consists of quick single lines that would be executed with both single independent (inner mallet) strokes and 4-mallet permutations. The pianist must be comfortable executing highly rhythmic passages and well as those that “clash” with rhythms in the marimba part.
This programmatic work for marimba and piano offers a true “duet” experience for both performers. While the marimba carries the majority of quicker moving rhythmic lines, it is by no means a marimba solo with piano accompaniment.  Both parts are of the same importance in creating the highly contrapuntal music captured in the piece." - Jason Baker, Percussive Notes November 2014


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