“Le Livres des Claviers” by Philippe Manoury
Performed by Sharif Mamoun & Jeff Stern
Mallet Selection for this Piece:
Robert van Sice Signature (M125)Buy Now
Medium hard. This is the most expressive mallet of the series and is an ideal choice for the modern marimba repertoire.
ABOUT THE PIECE:
Le Livres des Claviers (1987-1988)
The book includes six pieces of keyboards, relatively short, for the various sets of percussion keyboards. Techniques related to keyboards were quite widely developed during the twentieth century. If we compare the use of the xylophone in Debussy to that in Messiaen and Boulez, there is a breakthrough in front, bringing it (marimba and xylomarimba included) to a true solo role. However, in recent years, techniques for continuous playing with four sticks has grown further opportunities. It is not to develop a technique, but to make musical patterns that were impossible even a few years ago: polyphony, and the succession of agreements of different kinds in a certain speed. This greatly motivated my choice for keyboards. On the other hand, the construction of new acoustic instruments like sixxens allowed me to address cases of new figures in the sense that the notion of height is no longer dominant, or rather, becomes more complex.
Part II: Duo de marimbas (one player per instrument)
Twenty-six sequences composed this piece, ranging from amorphous structures (simple glissandi), through intermediate states (broken lines but directional) to sequences completely polarized around the center. I focused on the music, made of dots connected by lines, a game “cast” can simulate legato phrasing by the high speed with which certain features are to be played.
– Philippe Manoury