Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Composer: Pietro Mascagni / arr. Kana Omori
Instrument: Marimba and Orchestra
The first part highlights a marimba solo, played without tremolo so you can really appreciate the marimba's unique sound. Each note stands out, clear as crystal. In the second part, the marimba joins the orchestra, playing arpeggios and blending smoothly into a graceful melody.
Marimba and Orchestra
Clarinets in Bb
Horn in F
Trumpet in C
Orchestral material on hire
Performance by Amabile Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Hakaru Matsuoka
Marimba: Kana Omori
About the composer +
Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945) is one of the most important Italian composers of the turn of the 20th century. The formidable success of his first masterpiece in 1890, Cavalleria Rusticana, unfortunately eluded many of his following works. Mascagni however wrote 15 operas, an operetta, several beautiful orchestral and vocal works, as well as songs and piano music. He enjoyed amazing operatic successes during his lifetime, and at the same time pursued a very successful career of conductor. Mascagni's approach to opera differed a lot from that of his friend and rival Puccini, which arguably was one of the factors that led to an under-appreciation of the value of his music by critics.
Kana Omori is an international marimbist and percussionist from Japan. Kana has been awarded several prizes, including First Prize at the International Music Competition in Kobe, Japan in 2006 and the First Prize and Absolute Prize at the International Percussion Competition in Italy, in 2010, where she was also awarded a special prize from jury member N. J. Zivkovic. In 2011, she was awarded the Cultural Prize of the City of Kyoto.
Front Cover graphics and layout: Nicola Lee
Engraving: Kana Omori
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