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for solo marimba
Level: Advanced
Duration: 10:00
State Lists: Florida
Release Date: 2019
Product ID : TSPCS19-013DL
Price: $16.00
Item #: TSPCS19-013DL

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Description

Brian Mueller dedicated Saga to his doctoral teacher from Indiana University, famed marimba soloist and pedagogue, Kevin Bobo. In this epic and demanding solo for 5-octave marimba, Mueller uses many different techniques within a wide variety of musical contexts making this an extremely challenging piece.

There are 5 individual sections throughout the piece which hint at a vaguely programmatic structure: Calling, Venture, Contention, Affirmation, and Realization. These titles of sections help communicate the following sentence, which Mueller feels is the summation of the work: “Follow your dreams, and have the courage to stand up and fight in the face of defeat.”



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

Instrumentation

Marimba–low C

Reviews

This advanced solo is a fantastic addition to the repertoire and will be a worthy challenge for any advanced student or professional. Beautiful and powerful, it will take both listener and performer on a musical “Saga.”

Mueller structures the loosely programmatic work in five sections — not truly separate movements, but simply suggesting stages of the adventure. Mueller gives several instructions for particular points of the work (spots that may raise technical questions) but leaves the narrative it- self up for interpretation. As one might expect, this journey will require physical and mental endurance: the 10-minute solo expects mastery of most standard marimba techniques and will push advanced players to dust off every one of their skillsets during the learning process.

The solo is simply gorgeous; this reviewer highly recommends “Saga.” 

—Rebecca McDaniel
Percussive Notes
Vol. 58, No. 1, February 2020

Description

Brian Mueller dedicated Saga to his doctoral teacher from Indiana University, famed marimba soloist and pedagogue, Kevin Bobo. In this epic and demanding solo for 5-octave marimba, Mueller uses many different techniques within a wide variety of musical contexts making this an extremely challenging piece.

There are 5 individual sections throughout the piece which hint at a vaguely programmatic structure: Calling, Venture, Contention, Affirmation, and Realization. These titles of sections help communicate the following sentence, which Mueller feels is the summation of the work: “Follow your dreams, and have the courage to stand up and fight in the face of defeat.”



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

Instrumentation

Marimba–low C

Reviews

This advanced solo is a fantastic addition to the repertoire and will be a worthy challenge for any advanced student or professional. Beautiful and powerful, it will take both listener and performer on a musical “Saga.”

Mueller structures the loosely programmatic work in five sections — not truly separate movements, but simply suggesting stages of the adventure. Mueller gives several instructions for particular points of the work (spots that may raise technical questions) but leaves the narrative it- self up for interpretation. As one might expect, this journey will require physical and mental endurance: the 10-minute solo expects mastery of most standard marimba techniques and will push advanced players to dust off every one of their skillsets during the learning process.

The solo is simply gorgeous; this reviewer highly recommends “Saga.” 

—Rebecca McDaniel
Percussive Notes
Vol. 58, No. 1, February 2020


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