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Druckman - Reflections on the Nature of Water

Author: Jacob Druckman

Title: Reflections on the Nature of Water

Difficulty: Advanced to Very Advanced

Description: Composed in 1986, this piece for solo marimba has become standard repertoire for recitals, high level auditions, and international contests. It is one of the few successful marimba pieces composed by a non-marimbist. "Reflections" consists of six movements (I. Crystalline, II. Fleet, III. Tranquil, IV. Gently Swelling, V. Profound and VI. Relentless), which can be performed in any combination, or separately. Some of the movements are metered, while others provide only a guideline, leaving the exact rhythms and articulations up to the performer. All of the movements are under 4 minutes in length.

Annotated by Ethan Pani

 

 

Program Note by Samuel Solomon

Reflections on the Nature of Water is an exploration of water in the abstract. Its six distinctly different movements (I. Crystalline, II. Fleet, III. Tranquil, IV. Gently Swelling, V. Profound and VI. Relentless) consider the physical (the sound, touch, taste, and look of water, ice, and steam) and the conceptual (the role of water as we know it in nature, in our urban lives, and in ourselves). 

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