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Songs of Eden

Five Attainable Duets for Marimba and Vibraphone
Level: Med-Easy
Duration: 10:45
Personnel: 2 players
Pages: 12
Release Date: 2016
Delivery Method: Physical
Product ID : TSPB-31
Price: $16.00
Item #: TSPB-31


Description

In this collection of five duets for marimba (low A) and vibraphone, Brian Blume brings contemporary literature within reach of younger players. They are intended to reflect on the essence of the joy, beauty, fun, peace, and purity of the Garden of Eden.

Included in this collection: 

  1. Follow Me (Easy, 1:35)
  2. Afternoon Song (Easy, 2:50)
  3. Skip Step (Med-Easy, 1:50)
  4. A Moment (Med-Easy, 2:25)
  5. Toddler Escapades (Med-Easy, 2:05)

The first two duets are especially suited for newer players, while the latter three add a few challenging elements while still remaining quite achievable by middle school or high school students. They also make great reading exercises for more advanced students (or a student with a teacher, perhaps), or them may be useful in a college pedagogy course. All pieces require only two mallets for each player.

Songs of Eden ships as a fully-bound book with a color cover which includes a separate, bound booklet from which the second player reads his or her parts.

Instrumentation

These pieces require a 4.3-octave (low A) marimba, standard 3-octave vibraphone.

Reviews

“Songs of Eden” is a collection of five easy duets for marimba and vibraphone. The movements are titled “Follow Me,” “Afternoon Song,” “Skip Step,” “A Moment,” and “Toddler Escapades.” These brief vignettes would be appropriate for beginning mallet players. The movements are all roughly two to three minutes long. Two scores are included for the players rather than individual parts, which is helpful pedagogically so even young players might begin to think about how their parts fit together. Each duo is still short enough to be performed without a page turn.

The melodic and harmonic language is tonal, with familiar chord progressions for young ears. Most of the collection is paced at a moderate tempo, with one duet requiring a slower, more somber tempo and the final a spritely allegro. The meters are all in two, three, or four pulses per measure, and the key signatures span up to two flats. The parts stay largely within the treble clef staff with very few ledger lines, making these accessible for new readers. Brian Blume states that he has endeavored to imbue these duos with the qualities of “joy, beauty, fun, peace, and purity.” 

—Phillip O’Banion
Percussive Notes
Vol. 55, No. 2, May 2017

Description

In this collection of five duets for marimba (low A) and vibraphone, Brian Blume brings contemporary literature within reach of younger players. They are intended to reflect on the essence of the joy, beauty, fun, peace, and purity of the Garden of Eden.

Included in this collection: 

  1. Follow Me (Easy, 1:35)
  2. Afternoon Song (Easy, 2:50)
  3. Skip Step (Med-Easy, 1:50)
  4. A Moment (Med-Easy, 2:25)
  5. Toddler Escapades (Med-Easy, 2:05)

The first two duets are especially suited for newer players, while the latter three add a few challenging elements while still remaining quite achievable by middle school or high school students. They also make great reading exercises for more advanced students (or a student with a teacher, perhaps), or them may be useful in a college pedagogy course. All pieces require only two mallets for each player.

Songs of Eden ships as a fully-bound book with a color cover which includes a separate, bound booklet from which the second player reads his or her parts.

Instrumentation

These pieces require a 4.3-octave (low A) marimba, standard 3-octave vibraphone.

Reviews

“Songs of Eden” is a collection of five easy duets for marimba and vibraphone. The movements are titled “Follow Me,” “Afternoon Song,” “Skip Step,” “A Moment,” and “Toddler Escapades.” These brief vignettes would be appropriate for beginning mallet players. The movements are all roughly two to three minutes long. Two scores are included for the players rather than individual parts, which is helpful pedagogically so even young players might begin to think about how their parts fit together. Each duo is still short enough to be performed without a page turn.

The melodic and harmonic language is tonal, with familiar chord progressions for young ears. Most of the collection is paced at a moderate tempo, with one duet requiring a slower, more somber tempo and the final a spritely allegro. The meters are all in two, three, or four pulses per measure, and the key signatures span up to two flats. The parts stay largely within the treble clef staff with very few ledger lines, making these accessible for new readers. Brian Blume states that he has endeavored to imbue these duos with the qualities of “joy, beauty, fun, peace, and purity.” 

—Phillip O’Banion
Percussive Notes
Vol. 55, No. 2, May 2017



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