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Lament for Shirley (Download)

for solo vibraphone
Level: Medium
Duration: 4:15
Release Date: 2019
Product ID : TSPCS19-006DL
Price: $11.00
Item #: TSPCS19-006DL

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Description

Lament for Shirley is Colin Bell’s musical tribute to his grandmother, Shirley Bell, and through a variety of musical moods this piece reflects the deep, meaningful, and accomplished life she lived. Throughout the work, there is a strong sense of nostalgia and recollection, mostly attributed to the free and wistful nature of the musical material but also to the harmonic content used within the piece.

The overall pacing of the piece is free and dreamy, with each varied section flowing into the next as if representing a different period of Shirley’s life. This intermediate-level piece allows for the performer to interpret pedaling and dampening at will. It would make a great counterpoint to any solo recital, especially where a moment of reflection or reverence is needed. 

Instrumentation

Vibraphone

Reviews

In his program notes to this rhapsodic composition for unaccompanied vibraphone, Colin Bell states: “This piece is dedicated to the memory of my grandmother, Shirley Bell. Through a variety of moods and characters, this piece reflects the deep, meaningful, and accomplished life she lived.” Born in 1932 as the daughter of Scottish immigrants to the United States, Shirley’s family settled in Staten Island, New York, and she played bagpipes with her Scottish husband George Bell. Shirley also performed as a Scottish dancer with the bagpipe band and encouraged her children to perform as bagpipers, drummers, and singers. As a mother of six children and grandmother of 13, “Shirley left behind a professional legacy and grace that resonated with everyone who knew her.”

This four-mallet vibraphone solo reflects the elements of the grandmother’s influence upon Bell’s life. It lasts a little over four minutes, and Tapspace provides a performance recording on its website. This solo would be appropriate as a change-of-pace selection on a junior or senior percussion recital at the university level.

—Jim Lambert
Percussive Notes
Vol. 57, No. 4, September 2019

Description

Lament for Shirley is Colin Bell’s musical tribute to his grandmother, Shirley Bell, and through a variety of musical moods this piece reflects the deep, meaningful, and accomplished life she lived. Throughout the work, there is a strong sense of nostalgia and recollection, mostly attributed to the free and wistful nature of the musical material but also to the harmonic content used within the piece.

The overall pacing of the piece is free and dreamy, with each varied section flowing into the next as if representing a different period of Shirley’s life. This intermediate-level piece allows for the performer to interpret pedaling and dampening at will. It would make a great counterpoint to any solo recital, especially where a moment of reflection or reverence is needed. 

Instrumentation

Vibraphone

Reviews

In his program notes to this rhapsodic composition for unaccompanied vibraphone, Colin Bell states: “This piece is dedicated to the memory of my grandmother, Shirley Bell. Through a variety of moods and characters, this piece reflects the deep, meaningful, and accomplished life she lived.” Born in 1932 as the daughter of Scottish immigrants to the United States, Shirley’s family settled in Staten Island, New York, and she played bagpipes with her Scottish husband George Bell. Shirley also performed as a Scottish dancer with the bagpipe band and encouraged her children to perform as bagpipers, drummers, and singers. As a mother of six children and grandmother of 13, “Shirley left behind a professional legacy and grace that resonated with everyone who knew her.”

This four-mallet vibraphone solo reflects the elements of the grandmother’s influence upon Bell’s life. It lasts a little over four minutes, and Tapspace provides a performance recording on its website. This solo would be appropriate as a change-of-pace selection on a junior or senior percussion recital at the university level.

—Jim Lambert
Percussive Notes
Vol. 57, No. 4, September 2019


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