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Song of the Rain

Composer: Edmund Jolliffe

Instrument: Marimba

Level: Intermediate

Published: 2021

Price: €16.00

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  • Description +
    • Song of the Rain is a gently flowing piece, with running quarter notes underpinning much of the music. There is a feeling of nostalgia running throughout the piece, as if one were inside on a rainy day looking out of the window and reminiscing about past events. The music ebbs and flows, much as one’s mood might when thinking about the past.

      Supported by the Stellar Composer Competition 2021.

  • Instrumentation +
    • Solo Marimba

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  • About the composer +
    • Edmund’s music embraces a huge range of styles from contemporary classical to songs for shows. He writes music for film and television and is also an award winning concert composer.  His music is published, performed and broadcast all over the world.  

      Recent commissions include pieces for The London Festival of Contemporary Church Music (broadcast on Radio 3), Oxford University Press Collections and The London Gay Men’s Chorus. In 2019 he won first prize at the 40th Ithaca College Choral Composition Competition and the Freudig Singers Choral Composition Competition. His music is published by OUP, Stainer & Bell, ABRSM, Banks Music, Tetractys, Spartan Press and Recital Music. 

      Edmund has been writing music to picture for twenty years. Major series he has composed music for include ‘Who do you think you are?’ (BBC1), ‘The Great War: The People’s Story’ (ITV1), ‘Homestead Rescue’ (Discovery) ‘Crazy Delicious’ (C4/Netflix) ‘Long Lost Family’ (ITV1) and ‘Unreported World’ (C4). He was nominated for an RTS Craft and Design Award for his score for the BBC film ‘Elizabeth at 90’. 

      Edmund studied music at Oxford University and completed a Masters in Film Composition at the Royal College of Music under Joseph Horovitz and Academy Award winner Dario Marianelli. He also studied on the Advanced Composition Course at Dartington International Summer School (supported by the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust) and has attended composer residencies at the Banff Centre, Canada (Gladys and Merrill Muttart foundation scholarship for artistic residency) and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, New Mexico. He is a fellow of the ISM and full member of the PRS and MCPS. 

      Currently he teaches composition at the Royal Academy of Music (Junior Department) and is a Lecturer in Composing for the Moving Image at City University. 

      More information about him can be found at: www.edmundjolliffe.com

  • Reviews +
    • Review (Percussive Notes, June 2022)

      Written for the 2021 Edition Svitzer composition contest, this 5½-minute solo is lyrical, pleasant- sounding, and challenging — but achievable. Throughout the work, marimbists are required to navigate scaler melodic passages and chordal outlines with four mallets, as well as shift smoothly between duple and triple meter while connecting melodic pulses that shift from hand to hand.

      At times, this work harkens to pieces by Debussy and Tchaikovsky (think “Children’s Songs”), as well as hinting at the lyricism of Bach cello suites. However, this piece also has modern hemiola-like treatment of the harmony, with one hand pulsing chords in groups of three within a 4/4 time signature. In addition to these types of treatments, this work also will challenge marimbists with the requirement to sustain one-handed rolls across intervals of a major or minor third.

      All in all, this piece is through-composed, but feels connected and complete. Its challenges are made easier through repetition. And it is a piece that hints at other works while still retaining a unique identity that fits well within idiomatic marimba literature.

      —Joshua D. Smith

  • Credits +
    • Cover graphics and layout: Nicola Lee
      Engraving: CPH Engraving
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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