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“A Cricket Sang and Set the Sun” by Blake Tyson – Marimba Literature Library

MARIMBA LITERATURE LIBRARY / GRADE 4

“A Cricket Sang and Set the Sun”
by Blake Tyson

Performed by Kelsey Tamayo

MALLET SELECTION FOR THIS PIECE:

M211

M211 (M211)

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Medium soft. Produces a full-bodied sound that still affords a degree of clarity.

M212

M212 (M212)

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Medium. The most versatile mallet of the series. An all-purpose marimba mallet.

M213

M213 (M213)

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Medium hard. Provides excellent clarity throughout the full range of the marimba.

A Cricket Sang and Set the Sun by Blake Tyson is a beautiful, lyrical piece for solo marimba. The opening passages of the piece ebb and flow and create a very reflective mood.

“This work takes its title from an Emily Dickinson poem that begins, “The cricket sang, And set the sun.” When I read these words, I was moved by the powerful ideas they evoked. It was not just the image of a beautiful and slowly shifting sunset that struck me, but the idea that something so small could affect something so large, that a cricket’s song could transform day into night. Although the piece is not directly based on the poem, I have tried to capture the sense of fascination, inspiration and beauty that these opening lines create.”

~ Blake Tyson

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