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“Reflections on the Nature of Water” by Jacob Druckman


“Reflections on the Nature of Water” by Jacob Druckman

Performed by Ian Rosenbaum

Mallet Selection for this Piece:


Robert van Sice Signature M113

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Medium soft. A general mallet that covers the lower four octaves of the marimba.


Robert van Sice Signature M114

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Medium. The most popular model in the series, this mallet covers the entire range of the marimba and produces a singing sound that is full of life.


Robert van Sice Signature M115

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Medium hard. Bright, but not to the point of “xylophone-like” brilliance.


Druckman used Reflections on the Nature of Water as an homage to Claude Debussy, whose Preludes had inspired the young composer. It was Monet’s painting “Reflections on Water” that inspired Debussy’s “Reflections In the Water,” from Images, Book One (1905).

Druckman likewise paints the musical text for the listener by titling each of the work’s six pieces. “Crystalline,” with its thematic material, paints a picture of a change in the water’s consistency. “Fleet,” with a quick pace, ebbs and flows. Sharp interruptions punctuate and disrupt the flow of the piece with a calculated persistence. The third piece, “Tranquil,” exists as a pulsating, almost hypnotic and meditative entity of its own.

Druckman likewise paints the musical text for the listener by titling each of the work’s six pieces.


Praised for his “excellent” and “precisely attuned” performances by the New York Times, percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum has developed a musical breadth far beyond his years. He made his Kennedy Center debut in 2009 and later that year garnered a special prize created for him at the Salzburg International Marimba Competition.

Mr. Rosenbaum joined the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program in 2012 as only the second percussionist they have selected in their history. He has appeared at the Norfolk, Yellow Barn, Chamber Music Northwest, Bridgehampton and Music@Menlo festivals.

Highlights of the 2014-2015 season include a solo tour of the Southeastern United States, a new collaboration with the Parker Quartet, and performances with HOWL – a new interdisciplinary performance ensemble founded by Amy Beth Kirsten and Mark DeChiazza.

Continuing his passionate advocacy for contemporary music, this season Mr. Rosenbaum will premiere new works by Rex Isenberg, Thomas Kotcheff, Robert Sirota, and Alex Weiser as well as perform a program of percussion music with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York and Chicago.

Mr. Rosenbaum is a member of Sandbox Percussion, Le Train Bleu, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Novus NY, Time Travelers and HOWL. He has recorded for the Bridge, Innova and Naxos labels and is on the faculty of the Dwight School in Manhattan. Mr. Rosenbaum endorses Vic Firth sticks and mallets.

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