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Konzertstük

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Composer: Kyle Voss
Publisher: Innovative Percussion
Instrumentation: Marimba 5 octave, marimba 4 octave, marimba 4.5 octave, bells, vibraphone, xylophone, piano, bass drum, congas, gong, low & medium toms, snare drum, finger cymbals, slapstick, hi-hat, suspended cymbal, China cymbal

Program Notes:
Konzertstuck is a concertino for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble. The ensemble includes five performers with standard instruments. The piece translates both feelings of tranquility and aggression. The Marimba dramatically interacts with the ensemble as a steady conflict, creating two separate identities communicating in independent ways. The piano part plays a significant role, providing a unique timbre and a steady voice among an evolving texture.

Review:
"Kyle Voss has hit a homerun by creating a work that is exciting and serious, yet accessible to a variety of players and audiences. Scored for marimba soloist with percussion ensemble accompaniment, “Konzertstuck” will hopefully become well known to college percussion studios and marimba soloists in the near future.

The piece opens with a quasi-minimalist feel, with ostinato patterns in the piano and one of the ensemble marimba parts. The piano part consists of a series of repeating pitches easily playable by a non-pianist. As the soloist enters, the minimalist qualities of the music give way to traditional melodic writing, highlighted by shifting meters and a haunting minor-key tonality that persists throughout the rest of the piece. The five ensemble parts would be easily playable by an advanced high school to intermediate college percussion ensemble.

The solo marimba part maintains a virtuosic appeal, is highly idiomatic, and uses many permutation patterns accessible to undergraduate performers. Although playable by a student percussionist, this work would also be highly effective for a professional soloist who is looking to take a piece “on the road” to perform with a variety of school ensembles without much rehearsal time during a residency." - Jason Baker Percussive Notes, July 2013

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