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Winterludes

7 holiday solos for marimba
Level: Med-Advanced to Advanced
Duration: 2:00 – 4:00 each
Personnel: Solos (marimba)
State Lists: Indiana
Pages: 40
Release Date: 2013
Delivery Method: Physical
Product ID : TSPB-23
Price: $25.00
Item #: TSPB-23

These recordings are from Brian Blume’s holiday CD Let it Snow available on CD or as a download. All twelve tracks on this wonderful album are masterfully performed by Blume. The album also includes performances of some of the duets from Winterludes for Two as well.


Description

Winterludes is a heartwarming collection of Christmas music, arranged for solo marimba by Brian Blume. The 7 included arrangements are thoughtfully adapted for the experienced marimbist, and are equally appropriate for concert performance or in worship settings. Each piece includes a brief history, a few personal thoughts behind Blume’s arrangement, and lyrics to those songs that have them. 

The pieces are designed to be played on a 5.0-octave instrument (though some may be cleverly adapted to fit onto smaller keyboards if necessary). Through these masterful adaptations, performers and listeners alike will find reverence and connection to the Christmas spirit.

Included in the collection:

  • HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING
  • LO, HOW A ROSE E’ER BLOOMING
  • NUTCRACKER MEDLEY (optional third movement uses a second, accompaniment player in the low register)
  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • CAROL OF THE DRUM
  • O COME, O COME EMANNUEL
  • WHAT CHILD IS THIS

Also, check out WINTERLUDES FOR TWO - a collection of 4 holiday duets for vibraphone and marimba.

Purchase Brian Blume’s holiday CD Let it Snow, which includes each one of these arrangements, performed by Blume.

 

Instrumentation

These arrangements typically require a 5.0-octave marimba, though some may be cleverly adjusted to fit onto smaller keyboards if necessary.

Reviews

This is a collection of seven traditional holiday songs arranged for solo marimba. With each piece, arranger Brian Blume has included a program note, some performance details related to the arrangement, and lyrics to the songs. The collection includes “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” “Nutcracker Medley,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Carol of the Drum,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” and “What Child is This?”

Each arrangement is given its own difficulty level and, in the case of this collection, six are marked advanced and one is marked medium-advanced. These indications are well warranted as there are many technical aspects throughout the arrangements that would challenge an undergraduate player or advanced high school marimbist. Shifting permutations, running sixteenth notes at brisk tempos, melody and accompaniment figures, one-handed rolls, and the variety in styles make this series of pieces most suitable for experienced players.

The final section of the “Nutcracker Medley” requires a second player. The arranger explains that “one may perform the first two parts entirely as a solo. If a second player is available, the third part may be performed with both players on the same marimba. If a second player is not available, the third part should be omitted. ” Although each arrangement is intended for a 5.0-octave marimba, the author notes that some of the pieces “may be cleverly adjusted to fit onto smaller keyboards if necessary. ” A related collection titled “Winterludes for Two” is also available (reviewed in the May 2014 PERCUSSIVE NOTES 67 JULY 2014 issue of PN) and is arranged for vibraphone and marimba duet.

--Thad Anderson
Percussive Notes Vol. 52, No. 4 - July 2014

Description

Winterludes is a heartwarming collection of Christmas music, arranged for solo marimba by Brian Blume. The 7 included arrangements are thoughtfully adapted for the experienced marimbist, and are equally appropriate for concert performance or in worship settings. Each piece includes a brief history, a few personal thoughts behind Blume’s arrangement, and lyrics to those songs that have them. 

The pieces are designed to be played on a 5.0-octave instrument (though some may be cleverly adapted to fit onto smaller keyboards if necessary). Through these masterful adaptations, performers and listeners alike will find reverence and connection to the Christmas spirit.

Included in the collection:

  • HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING
  • LO, HOW A ROSE E’ER BLOOMING
  • NUTCRACKER MEDLEY (optional third movement uses a second, accompaniment player in the low register)
  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • CAROL OF THE DRUM
  • O COME, O COME EMANNUEL
  • WHAT CHILD IS THIS

Also, check out WINTERLUDES FOR TWO - a collection of 4 holiday duets for vibraphone and marimba.

Purchase Brian Blume’s holiday CD Let it Snow, which includes each one of these arrangements, performed by Blume.

 

Instrumentation

These arrangements typically require a 5.0-octave marimba, though some may be cleverly adjusted to fit onto smaller keyboards if necessary.

Reviews

This is a collection of seven traditional holiday songs arranged for solo marimba. With each piece, arranger Brian Blume has included a program note, some performance details related to the arrangement, and lyrics to the songs. The collection includes “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” “Nutcracker Medley,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Carol of the Drum,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” and “What Child is This?”

Each arrangement is given its own difficulty level and, in the case of this collection, six are marked advanced and one is marked medium-advanced. These indications are well warranted as there are many technical aspects throughout the arrangements that would challenge an undergraduate player or advanced high school marimbist. Shifting permutations, running sixteenth notes at brisk tempos, melody and accompaniment figures, one-handed rolls, and the variety in styles make this series of pieces most suitable for experienced players.

The final section of the “Nutcracker Medley” requires a second player. The arranger explains that “one may perform the first two parts entirely as a solo. If a second player is available, the third part may be performed with both players on the same marimba. If a second player is not available, the third part should be omitted. ” Although each arrangement is intended for a 5.0-octave marimba, the author notes that some of the pieces “may be cleverly adjusted to fit onto smaller keyboards if necessary. ” A related collection titled “Winterludes for Two” is also available (reviewed in the May 2014 PERCUSSIVE NOTES 67 JULY 2014 issue of PN) and is arranged for vibraphone and marimba duet.

--Thad Anderson
Percussive Notes Vol. 52, No. 4 - July 2014



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