Composer: Fabian Otten
Instrument: Violin and Marimba
"This exciting composition by an extremely talented and significant young composer/performer, who is emerging as one of the most important in the European scene today, has delivered yet another masterpiece for the marimba repertoire. Following his substantial composition Samsara for solo marimba, this new work, L'assillo, for violin and marimba is exciting in so many ways. The music is ethereal, quiet, emotional, driving, and much more. It is destined to become a classic in the chamber music repertoire for violin and marimba. Look for more exciting works from Fabian Otten in the future. He is already one of our most profound composers of the last decade."
— Gordon Stout
L’Assillo means a “painful thought“ and it’s a piece about how we deal with difficult situations. As we need to get through the pain, perhaps created by an unforeseen circumstance, we need to process the information and allow the emotions to take their course. In the end we can never change what has happened, but we can find peace by accepting the truth.
Violin and Marimba (5.0 Octave)
About the composer +
Fabian Otten is the principal percussionist of the Philharmonic State Orchestra of Hamburg, Germany. Born in 1993 in Steinheim, Germany, he started to play piano and percussion at the age of six. In search of something which combines these two instruments, he fell in love with the sound of the marimba.
He studied percussion in Hamburg with Massimo Drechsler, Stephan Cürlis and Cornelia Monske, and completed his studies in Berlin with Rainer Seegers, Franz Schindlbeck and Biao Li. As a percussionist and marimbist he won several prizes including the special award of the Bayerischer Rundfunk, 2nd prize at the International 'Marimba Festiva‘ Competition and the 'Eduard-Söring-Preis' in Hamburg.
Composing has always been his passion. Alongside his percussion studies, he enhanced his knowledge in music theory and took private lessons with Professor Fredrik Schwenk. Through his compositions he hopes to increase awareness of the emotional possibilites of his instrument.
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