Summer '16 Bi-weekly Video Release!
...and ramblings on why I am so into arrangements.
Of course, contemporary compositions will always be the forefront of marimba repertoire, but let's keep it real for a moment:
there are hundreds and hundreds of pieces being written right now,
but only about 1% of them will actually stand the test of time.
Unfortunately for us, the marimba wasn't around during that time (at least not in western music circles), so there aren't hundreds of years worth of pieces written for us from which we can choose the 'good ones.'
I often wonder how I can contribute to our highly productive, fast-paced community. Composition is something that I am interested in, but I have no illusions that I will be a groundbreaking composer any time soon (or ever), so that won't enable me to be productive right now. However, I do think that my experience as a player puts me in a fantastic position to reinterpret some of the masterworks already written for other instruments and contribute to our growth in that realm.
So, while many people are working hard at composing new pieces for the marimba, I am focusing - for now, at least - on figuring out what we can learn from the masterworks that were already written for other instruments throughout music history. Together, we can cover all of the bases and bring marimba to its next stages of maturity!
Johan Bridger's Chopin Prelude
A cool Scarlatti arrangement by Theodor Milkov
Stay tuned for movements one and two in upcoming Summer '16 Bi-weekly Video Releases!