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“A Sense of Place” by Peter Klatzow


“A Sense of Place” by Peter Klatzow

Performed by:
Dr. Neil Sisauyhoat, marimba
Susan Sturman, cello

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A Sense of Place by Peter Klatzow brings together marimba and cello in a dark, brooding duet. Written to highlight the marimba’s African roots against the classical sound of a cello, this piece was inspired by two artworks by Cecil Knotes.

The composition is written in a style that emphasizes what each instrument does best – the marimba plays flurries of notes across its range while maintaining rhythmical pulse, and the cello sings its lyrical lines overtop this wooden base.

Klatzow blends traditional tonality with a comfortable amount of ‘other’ colors that will appeal to casual and academic audiences alike.


Dr. Neil Sisauyhoat is a versatile performer and educator specializing in classical, contemporary, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian percussion. He holds the position of Assistant Professor of Percussion at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, and is on the faculty of the Summer Music Clinic in Madison, Wisconsin. Sisauyhoat performs regularly with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra and Victoria Symphony. He is an extra percussionist and timpanist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and has served as Principal Percussionist with the Beloit/Janesville Symphony. Other performance credits include Current Evolution, Rick Cortez Latin Jazz Project, Clocks in Motion, New England Symphonic Ensemble, Michigan Chamber Players, Berkeley Opera, and San Francisco Lyric Opera. Sisauyhoat is an artist/endorser of Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads, Latin Percussion (LP) instruments, and is a member of the Black Swamp Educator Network.

Susan Sturman, cellist, is Professor of Cello and Double Bass at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. She has performed extensively in Texas and beyond as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player with groups such as Current Evolution, the Ehle/Sturman Duo, the Aurora Piano Trio, the Islander String Quartet, the Islander Chamber Players, the Chanticleer String Quartet, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Ballet Orchestra, and the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. She has served as Principal Cellist the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra since 2004. Susan is also a certified yoga instructor and teaches yoga classes for string players. (see more at www.susansturman.com)


Peter Klatzow was born in Springs, Transvaal, in 1945. After matriculating at St Martin’s School, Johannesburg, he spent a year teaching music and Afrikaans at the then newly established Waterford School, Swaziland.

The award of the South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) scholarship for composers in 1964 took him to the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied composition with Bernard Stevens, piano with
Kathleen Long, and orchestration with Gordon Jacob. In that year he won several of the College composition prizes as well as the Royal Philharmonic prize for composition, which was open to any Commonwealth composer under 30. He spent the following years in Italy and Paris, where he studied with Nadia Boulanger.

Since returning to South Africa in 1966, he has worked at the SABC in Johannesburg as a music producer, and in 1973 was appointed to the University of Cape Town, where he is presently Associate Professor in
Composition. In 1986 he was elected to the rank of Fellow of the University of Cape Town for “having performed original distinguished academic work of such quality as to merit special recognition.”

One of the few South African composers to achieve international recognition, Peter Klatzow has won prizes in Spain and Toronto, and his works have been performed in various European centres and the United
States. In South Africa he was awarded the prestigious Helgard Steyn prize worth £6000 for his piano suite “From the Poets”.

His major works include a full length ballet on Hamlet, music for ballets on Drie Diere and Vier Gebede, and Concertos for various solo instruments; piano, clarinet, organ, Marimba, and a double Concerto for flute and
marimba. His Prayers and Dances of Praise from Africa was recently introduced at the Three Choirs Festival, Worcester, UK. Last year saw the first performances of two new works; his 3rd String Quartet (commissioned
by the Lake District Summer Music Festival for the Chilingirian Quartet) and Return of the Moon, a cycle for voices and marimba, commissioned by the King’s Singers for themselves and Evelyn Glennie.


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