Yán Jiāng (Magma)
Composer: Daniel Berg
When I received the commission for the 2020 Taiwan World Percussion Championship to write a compulsory piece for their first round, I began to think about the development of the marimba repertoire over the past 30 years. Composers like Peter Klatzow, Anna Ignatowicz, Jacob Druckman, Joseph Schwantner and Alejandro Viñao have all helped to further improve the quality of the marimba repertoire and placed the instrument in the exclusive room of classical music.
Since 2010, when I published my first work at Edition Svitzer - Blue Memories and Stella Polaris, I have had a close contact to painter Bengt Berglund. Sometimes he has created new paintings directly for my music, like Timbres and Fantasia & Toccata, and sometimes I have used his older paintings from the 60s and 70s. Last year, when I wrote Mistral for Michael Burritt, a green painting from Bengt was the perfect cover. From the same series, Bengt has another one with fiery colors…
The inspiration for Yán Jiāng comes from the art by Bengt Berglund and from great composers I admire.
With support from Koda’s Cultural Funds.
About the composer +
Daniel Berg is a versatile marimba soloist, composer and educator. He holds the position as the percussion and chamber music teacher at the University Colleges of Music in Stockholm, Örebro and Gothenburg (Sweden).
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 250 world premieres for solo and chamber works. Daniel Berg is an artist of Bergerault Marimbas and Elite Mallets.
As a composer Daniel has written a lot for percussion published by Edition Svitzer. Solo pieces for marimba like Helios, Phoenix and Twilight Garden and the series of Easy Duets and Easy Solos who become a best seller for young percussion players round the world.
Art work (Photo): Bengt Berglund
Front Cover: Ronni Kot Wenzell
Photo (Daniel Berg): Jon Liinason
Translation (English): Robert Oetomo
Translation (Taiwanese): Weichen Lin
Engraving: Ary Golomb
Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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