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“Serenata for Marimba/Vibraphone and Orchestra” by Ney Rosauro

PERFORMANCE SPOTLIGHT:

“Serenata for Marimba/Vibraphone and Orchestra” by Ney Rosauro

Performed by Ney Rosauro

Mallet Selection for this Piece:

M223

Ney Rosauro Signature M223

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Medium hard. A versatile and general mallet that produces full and natural sound throughout the entire keyboard.

M224

Ney Rosauro Signature M224

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Hard. Cuts well, but still maintains a pure fundamental sound.

M226

Ney Rosauro Signature M226

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

ABOUT THE PIECE:

I) The Continent
My family is from Rio Grande do Sul (the southern most Brazilian state). Movement 1 is based on the rhythm of Guarania. Guarania is one of the most popular styles from this region of South America, called Saint Peter’s Continent by the early settlers. After an energetic and virtuosic introduction the first part of theme A is presented with chords and melody that suggest tension and instability. The mood created evokes the emotions of a mother constantly worried over the well being of her children. During the second part of theme A this tension is resolved and a new melody that is presented (*Leitmotiv 1) will be used throughout the piece. After the bridge theme B (*Leitmotiv 2) is introduced and like Leitmotiv 1 it will reemerge in other movements. Following an elaborate solo interlude on the vibes and marimba, themes A and B are restated and the same chromatic material from the introduction closes the movement.

II) In Heaven
Movement II starts and finishes with two canticles of the catholic church — “In Heaven” and “Heavenly Mother.” I composed this music while taking long walks through the city of Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil) during the last weeks of my mother’s life. The marimba cadenza has roots in the prayer “Gloria ao Pai” (Glory to the Father) and was inspired by an old choral composition of mine.

III) The Journey
Movement III celebrates life. A joyful introduction preceeds the lively main theme in a 12/8 time signature. After the main theme exposition the bridge gives way to Leitmotiv 2 leading to a musical clímax. A capacious cadenza allows the soloist to explore variations on Leitmotiv 1 with intermittent orchestral accompaniment. Movement III concludes with a recapitulation of the central themes and motives followed by primary rhythmic passages from the introduction.

IV) Finale
The Finale springs from variations of Leitmotiv 1. The shafts of the vibraphone mallets are employed to suggest the sounds of music boxes and church bells. The work concludes with a gradual decrescendo of seven long notes bowed on the vibraphone. The final note fades away like a last breath.

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.