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duet for vibraphone and piano
Level: Medium
Duration: 4:30
Personnel: 2 players
Release Date: 2023
Product ID : TSPCD23-003DL
Price: $24.00
Item #: TSPCD23-003DL

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And Now These Three Remain... by Eric Rath is a captivating and intricate work for vibraphone and piano. The title is inspired by a passage from the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV), which states, "And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

The interplay between the two instruments creates a tapestry of sound that is both vibrant and subtle, showcasing Rath's skill as a composer. Instead of merely accompanying the vibraphone, the piano part is often on equal footing or takes over as the melodic focus of the work. In this way, the vibraphone part is often secondary to the piano. This is a direct nod to Brazilian composer Ney Rosauro, who employs this approach in many of his works. 

Throughout the work Rath aims to explore the full range of the vibraphone's capabilities. The piece demands both technical mastery and musical sensitivity from the performer, requiring them to navigate syncopated rhythmic patterns, scalar passages, and attention to phrasing. The work's harmonic language blends elements of jazz, contemporary classical, and folk music. 

And Now These Three Remain... is a stunning work that showcases the vibraphone's versatility and expressive power. With its blend of technique and emotional depth, this piece is at home in the recital hall or the church sanctuary.

Use of this product is governed by the license terms outlined here.

Instrumentation

Vibraphone

Piano

Reviews

The phrase “And Now These Three Remain...” is an inspirational love-themed quotation from the Bible. Therefore, it is no surprise that this duet for piano and vibraphone is quite expressive. The piece is a true duet, not a vibraphone solo with piano accompaniment, so it would fit on either a percussion or piano recital. The vibraphone part requires the use of four mallets throughout, with techniques including block chords, independent mallet strokes, double stops, and mallet dampening. Pedaling is not indicated in the score but the composer states that it, along with the use of staccato and legato strokes, is at the player’s discretion and should be used for phrasing, clarity, and textural variety.

According to the composer “And Now These Three Remain...” uses elements of jazz, contemporary classical, and folk music. These elements and the inspiration for the piece blend to create a work that will be at home in recital halls or more sacred contexts. Eric Rath cautions the performers to pay careful attention to phrasing, which experienced musicians and teachers should easily be able to bring (or help others to bring) to a performance. “And Now These Three Remain...” is a pleasingly tonal work that will fit the bill for a variety of contexts.

—Joseph Van Hassel
Percussive Notes
Vol. 61, No. 5, October 2023

Description

And Now These Three Remain... by Eric Rath is a captivating and intricate work for vibraphone and piano. The title is inspired by a passage from the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV), which states, "And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

The interplay between the two instruments creates a tapestry of sound that is both vibrant and subtle, showcasing Rath's skill as a composer. Instead of merely accompanying the vibraphone, the piano part is often on equal footing or takes over as the melodic focus of the work. In this way, the vibraphone part is often secondary to the piano. This is a direct nod to Brazilian composer Ney Rosauro, who employs this approach in many of his works. 

Throughout the work Rath aims to explore the full range of the vibraphone's capabilities. The piece demands both technical mastery and musical sensitivity from the performer, requiring them to navigate syncopated rhythmic patterns, scalar passages, and attention to phrasing. The work's harmonic language blends elements of jazz, contemporary classical, and folk music. 

And Now These Three Remain... is a stunning work that showcases the vibraphone's versatility and expressive power. With its blend of technique and emotional depth, this piece is at home in the recital hall or the church sanctuary.

Use of this product is governed by the license terms outlined here.

Instrumentation

Vibraphone

Piano

Reviews

The phrase “And Now These Three Remain...” is an inspirational love-themed quotation from the Bible. Therefore, it is no surprise that this duet for piano and vibraphone is quite expressive. The piece is a true duet, not a vibraphone solo with piano accompaniment, so it would fit on either a percussion or piano recital. The vibraphone part requires the use of four mallets throughout, with techniques including block chords, independent mallet strokes, double stops, and mallet dampening. Pedaling is not indicated in the score but the composer states that it, along with the use of staccato and legato strokes, is at the player’s discretion and should be used for phrasing, clarity, and textural variety.

According to the composer “And Now These Three Remain...” uses elements of jazz, contemporary classical, and folk music. These elements and the inspiration for the piece blend to create a work that will be at home in recital halls or more sacred contexts. Eric Rath cautions the performers to pay careful attention to phrasing, which experienced musicians and teachers should easily be able to bring (or help others to bring) to a performance. “And Now These Three Remain...” is a pleasingly tonal work that will fit the bill for a variety of contexts.

—Joseph Van Hassel
Percussive Notes
Vol. 61, No. 5, October 2023


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