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Fusion & La Buena Vida

Composer: Daniel Berg

Instrument: Guitar and marimba

Level: Advanced

Published: 2022

Price: €25.00

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  • Description +
    • Preface

      For many years I have, together with Christer Brodén, ordered new music for guitar and marimba. From the many fine pieces we have received from composers, I find that it is often the case that one of the instruments has a solo part that is accompanied by the other instrument. In Fusion, I have therefore written two parts that seem to be on equal terms. The finger technique on guitar and playing with four mallets on marimba also have their similarities and therefore the two parts are very similar to each other.

      I wanted to write a virtuoso piece that express the joy of playing and borrowed trait from progressive jazz. The guitar and the marimba are thus united in this Fusion.

      La Buena Vida
      I wanted to write a work where the rhythm is in focus and the harmony, so to speak, plays the second violin. With a portion of great humor, I have chosen to vary the time signature (towards the end, the instruments play different time signature at the same time) and let the guitar both dance and play a chamber musical "cat and rat game" with the marimba. When I would then set harmonics to these rhythms, I have used 12-tone technique, full-tone scales and one of the few chords I can play on guitar myself.

      With Christer Brodén, I not only share the passion for music but also the joy of life and a great interest for food and beverage. That's why our collaboration is gilded with most from The Good Life - La Buena Vida!

  • Instrumentation +
    • Guitar and marimba

  • Watch+
    • Performed by Christer Brodén (Classical Guitar) and Daniel Berg (Marimba)

      Performed by Emil Miranda Holmgren (Classical Guitar) and Sonja Bahlenberg (Marimba)

      Performed by Christer Brodén (Classical Guitar) and Daniel Berg (Marimba)

  • About the composer +
    • Daniel Berg is a Swedish composer, musician, and professor in classical percussion at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and at the Academy of music and drama in Gothenburg.

      In his passion to promote the marimba as a solo- and chamber music instrument, Daniel has worked intimately with a number of composers who have written original music for the instrument. This includes more than 300 world premier for solo and chamber works. Daniel Berg is a marimba artist of Bergerault and Elite Mallets.

      As a composer Daniel has written a lot for solo marimba like Mistral (for Michael Burritt), Phoenix (for Robert van Sice) and Yán Jiâng (for  the Taiwan World Percussion Competition). His music for percussion ensemble have been appreciated and often performed like Kroumata (for sextet) and Arctic Nights (for quintet) - all published by Edition Svitzer.

  • Credits +
    • Art work (photo): Bengt Berglund
      Photo (Daniel Berg & Christer Brodén): Per Högberg
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
      Copyright © Edition SVITZER