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Four Elements

Composer: Daniel Berg

Instrument: Violin and Marimba

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Published: 2024

Price: €35.00

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  • Description +
    • “Space is in the Art” said by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright and with the four elements, ancient man left a cosmos subject to the whims of Greek gods in favor of a world determined by a few primordial elements – air, earth, fire and water.

      Violinist Tobias Granmo and marimba artist and composer Daniel Berg held four academic seminars at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden with the elements in focus who all led to concerts with new music. For every seminar and concert Daniel composed a new piece for violin and marimba and worked closely to other arts.

      For the seminar round Air, Duo Granmo-Berg invited Brutus Östling, famous for the photos with birds of prey. The Ceramicist Sara Möller was the guest of seminar with Earth in focus and she created an exhibition where the works slowly crumbled to ash.

      Fire needed two artists, Johan Zetterquist and Karin Kent Grundberg, who both worked closely to the heat. In the seminar round Water, architect GertWingårdh talked about the influence of water on the creation of buildings and photographer Martin Almqvist inspired to new music when he showed his incredible pictures taken underwater in the Arctic Ocean!

      After composing, performing, and recording this new collection, Daniel gave the music to photographer Peter Christensson who made the cover for the booklet and Peter said:

      At the edges of a certain photographic film there are sometimes strange chemical reactions that appear graphic in an interesting way. If you look at them, expressive landscapes will appear. Color, shapes elements.As with some watercolor painting techniques you cannot control it, until you say, NOW IT IS, four elements.

  • Instrumentation +
    • Violin and Marimba

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    • Performed by Martin Almqvist & Daniel Berg

  • 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 +
    • Artwork (Cover): Peter Christensson
      Photo (Duo Granmo-Berg): EwaStaxäng
      Photo (Daniel Berg): Alice Berg
      Front Cover: Nicola Lee 
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
      Copyright © Edition SVITZER

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