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“Brazilian Landscape” by Ney Rosauro

PERFORMANCE SPOTLIGHT:

“Brazilian Landscape” by Ney Rosauro

Performed by Ney Rosauro

Mallet Selection for this Piece:

M225

Ney Rosauro Signature M225

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Soft. Designed specifically for the low register of the extended range vibraphone.

M226

Ney Rosauro Signature M226

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Medium. For full and extremely rich sound throughout the keyboard.

ABOUT THE PIECE:

BRAZILIAN LANDSCAPE is a fantasy that depicts a musical journey through Brazil. Starting with a very soft lento motive, the work presents a lyrical melody in the rhythm of baiao with a long development and increasing tension. After reaching its climax the theme returns with to the same very soft lento motive from the beginning. This work is essentially a transcribed version of an improvisation that I commonly played on concerts for over ten years.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER:

Ney Rosauro is recognized as one of the most original and dynamic symphonic percussionists and composers today. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 24, 1952, he started studying percussion in 1977 with Luiz Anunciação of the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro.

Mr. Rosauro studied Composition and Conducting at the Universidade de Brasilia (Brazil). He then received the Masters Degree in Percussion at the Hochschule fur Musik Wurzburg in Germany under Prof. Siegfried Fink. He completed his Doctorate at the University of Miami under the supervision of Fred Wickstrom.

From 1975 to 1987 he was percussion instructor at the Escola de Musica de Brasilia, and timpanist with the Orquestra do Teatro Nacional de Brasilia in Brazil.

From 1987 until 2000 he directed the Percussion Department at the Federal University of Santa Maria, RS in Brazil. From 2000 until 2009 he was director of Percussion Studies at the University of Miami, Florida.

As a composer he has published more than 50 pieces for percussion as well as several method books. His compositions are very popular worldwide and have been recorded by internationally acclaimed artists such as Evelyn Glennie and the London Symphony Orchestra. His Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra has been performed by over 2,000 different orchestras worldwide, and his nine solo CDs have received critical acclaim and been hailed by percussionists and general music-lovers alike.

Ney Rosauro has appeared in concert solo, and as a soloist with orchestras, in more than 35 different countries, including the most prestigious International Percussion Festivals.