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Un Dia de Noviembre (Brouwer)

for solo marimba
Level: Medium
Duration: 5:00
State Lists: Texas | Florida | Missouri
Release Date: 2009
Product ID : TSPCS-09
Price: $15.00
Item #: TSPCS-09

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Performed by Dr. Jason Baker


Description

Originally written for solo guitar, Un Dia de Noviembre is a marimba transcription of a very popular piece by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer. It is performed with four mallets on a 4.5 (low E) octave marimba. This piece has a lyrical and simplistic beauty that will require a sense of maturity in musical phrasing from the performer. The accompaniment alternates between the right and left hands throughout and occasionally requires one-handed rolls from each hand at different points. By way of natural chord voicings and intuitive playing patterns, Jason Baker has done a masterful job of capturing the heart of the original work through the marimba’s expressive range.

Instrumentation

  • Marimba—low E

Reviews

This arrangement for solo marimba (4.6 octave required) will require an advanced performer to execute the musical nuances and various four-mallet techniques presented. Originally composed for solo guitar by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer in 1968, Jason Baker has maintained the original intent of the composition in his arrangement, while creating a wonderfully expressive piece for marimba. 

Written in a rondo format, “Un Dia de Noviembre” has “a lyrical and simplistic beauty, which will require a mature sense of musical phrasing from the performer. The accompaniment alternates between the right and left hands throughout and occasionally requires one-handed rolls from each hand at different points.” In addition, the performer must be able to change intervals with ease in both hands and execute an array of techniques with musical finesse. 

Marimba players have adapted guitar pieces to marimba for a long time, and Baker’s arrangement is one of the best. From university-student recitals to professional encores, Baker’s arrangement of  “Un Dia de Noviembre” will be a welcome addition to the repertoire for marimba.

–Eric Willie
Percussive Notes
Vol. 47, No. 6, November 2009

Description

Originally written for solo guitar, Un Dia de Noviembre is a marimba transcription of a very popular piece by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer. It is performed with four mallets on a 4.5 (low E) octave marimba. This piece has a lyrical and simplistic beauty that will require a sense of maturity in musical phrasing from the performer. The accompaniment alternates between the right and left hands throughout and occasionally requires one-handed rolls from each hand at different points. By way of natural chord voicings and intuitive playing patterns, Jason Baker has done a masterful job of capturing the heart of the original work through the marimba’s expressive range.

Instrumentation

  • Marimba—low E

Reviews

This arrangement for solo marimba (4.6 octave required) will require an advanced performer to execute the musical nuances and various four-mallet techniques presented. Originally composed for solo guitar by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer in 1968, Jason Baker has maintained the original intent of the composition in his arrangement, while creating a wonderfully expressive piece for marimba. 

Written in a rondo format, “Un Dia de Noviembre” has “a lyrical and simplistic beauty, which will require a mature sense of musical phrasing from the performer. The accompaniment alternates between the right and left hands throughout and occasionally requires one-handed rolls from each hand at different points.” In addition, the performer must be able to change intervals with ease in both hands and execute an array of techniques with musical finesse. 

Marimba players have adapted guitar pieces to marimba for a long time, and Baker’s arrangement is one of the best. From university-student recitals to professional encores, Baker’s arrangement of  “Un Dia de Noviembre” will be a welcome addition to the repertoire for marimba.

–Eric Willie
Percussive Notes
Vol. 47, No. 6, November 2009



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