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Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing (Hymn)

arranged for vibraphone and marimba duo
Level: Med-Advanced
Duration: 3:00
Personnel: 2 players
Release Date: 2015
Delivery Method: Physical
Product ID : TSPCD15-003
Price: $26.00
Item #: TSPCD15-003

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Description

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing is an 18th Century Christian hymn based upon the American folk tune, Nettleton. In Matthew Weyer’s arrangement for vibraphone and marimba duo, he brings beautiful and sweet new life to this uplifting theme.

While the vibraphone carries much of the melodic role, both members of the duet take the lead at various points. Marimba flourishes requiring good command of 4-mallet technique will be required to properly communicate the music. As a whole, this is a wonderful vehicle in which players can hone their skills of balancing musical roles while challenging themselves technically and working as a unit to convey the beauty built within the music.

This piece ships as a professionally bound folio and includes a CD-ROM containing individual parts and an audio reference recording.

Instrumentation

  • Vibraphone
  • Marimba—low C

Reviews

Matthew Weyer’s beautiful duet arrangement of this traditional hymn is short, about three minutes, but makes a great duet for two medium/advanced players. As with many Tapspace publications, the music comes with a CD-ROM that allows the owner to print the parts as well as listen to an mp3 recording of the piece.

For the most part, the marimba serves as the accompaniment to the vibraphone and, because of its more involved rhythmic and harmonic structure, is some-what more difficult than the vibe part. Both parts use four-mallet technique, but the marimba part contains sixteenth-note triplets requiring alternating strokes combined with double vertical strokes. The vibe part is mostly limited to vertical sonorities, with some linear passages here and there. The harmonies are rich and the texture varies from thin to quite thick and opulent.

This arrangement would work well for church settings and concert recitals. While the material is old and well known, the treatment here is fresh and compelling.

–Tom Morgan
Percussive Notes
Vol. 54, No. 2 – May 2016

Description

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing is an 18th Century Christian hymn based upon the American folk tune, Nettleton. In Matthew Weyer’s arrangement for vibraphone and marimba duo, he brings beautiful and sweet new life to this uplifting theme.

While the vibraphone carries much of the melodic role, both members of the duet take the lead at various points. Marimba flourishes requiring good command of 4-mallet technique will be required to properly communicate the music. As a whole, this is a wonderful vehicle in which players can hone their skills of balancing musical roles while challenging themselves technically and working as a unit to convey the beauty built within the music.

This piece ships as a professionally bound folio and includes a CD-ROM containing individual parts and an audio reference recording.

Instrumentation

  • Vibraphone
  • Marimba—low C

Reviews

Matthew Weyer’s beautiful duet arrangement of this traditional hymn is short, about three minutes, but makes a great duet for two medium/advanced players. As with many Tapspace publications, the music comes with a CD-ROM that allows the owner to print the parts as well as listen to an mp3 recording of the piece.

For the most part, the marimba serves as the accompaniment to the vibraphone and, because of its more involved rhythmic and harmonic structure, is some-what more difficult than the vibe part. Both parts use four-mallet technique, but the marimba part contains sixteenth-note triplets requiring alternating strokes combined with double vertical strokes. The vibe part is mostly limited to vertical sonorities, with some linear passages here and there. The harmonies are rich and the texture varies from thin to quite thick and opulent.

This arrangement would work well for church settings and concert recitals. While the material is old and well known, the treatment here is fresh and compelling.

–Tom Morgan
Percussive Notes
Vol. 54, No. 2 – May 2016



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