Just finished the second installment of ‘Tree score’, aptly titled (book 2: 21-40) 🙂
They’re ready to hit the market, for HRDSCR Editions just published it.
We’ve made two nice covers. Hereunder you can read some info about the pieces, where to order the scores and where to sample the demos on soundcloud.
Tree Score (Book 1) is a set of twenty 1 minute pieces for 4 1/3 octaves marimba.
Four mallets are required to play these pieces which are inspired by music of all genres and styles.
The title of each piece might give a hint of how to deal with it musically.
To give only two examples:
No. 5: ‘Coco C’ refers to Coco Chanel (the perfume no. 5) but also to the historical figure, who was for a while the mistress of Igor Strawinsky. The title explains the pitches and rests of the first bar: C is the pitch, O is the rest. And this bar is exactly the same as the first one to be played by the clarinet on page 25 of the orchestral score of L’Histoire du Soldat…
N. 9. (‘Nein’ in German) ‘I don’t believe it’ refers to ‘Oh no’ by Frank Zappa, omitting the two first intervals of the original theme.
All pieces are fun to play -they can be performed in one go or in subsets- although they are sometimes fairly demanding too, hereby proving Zappa’s dictum: “Information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, wisdom is not truth, truth is not beauty, beauty is not love, love is not music: music is THE BEST.”
Tree score (book 1) is dedicated to Prof. Luc Leybaert, Professor & researcher at the University of Ghent, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Basic and Applied Medical Sciences, but a lifelong music aficionado as well.
Published by HRDSCR Editions
One can listen to sample of the score on:
Tree Score (Book 2) is a set of twenty 1 minute pieces for 4 1/3 octaves marimba .
Only 2 mallets are required to play these pieces which are inspired by quotes by Frank Zappa, the American iconoclastic rock musician ánd classical composer who died in 1993.
Zappa extensively used the marimba in what he called his ‘Teenage Rocking Combos’, launching hereby the careers of the keyboard players Ruth Underwood and Ed Mann.
Zappa was a musical modernist who managed to merge contemporary music practices with blues, Muddy Waters with Edgard Varèse and the Allman Brothers with Webern and Strawinsky. But maybe his most influential legacy is his vehemently positive answer to the question if humor belongs in music.
No actual Zappa themes are imbedded in this set, but all the pieces refuse to acknowledge the split between the so-called low and high art. They are fun to play -they can be performed in one go or in subsets- although they are sometimes fairly demanding too, hereby proving Zappa’s dictum: “Information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, wisdom is not truth, truth is not beauty, beauty is not love, love is not music: music is THE BEST.”
Tree score (book 2) is dedicated to Prof. Mark Janse, a lifelong Zappafan ánd world-renowned BOF-ZAP Research Professor in Ancient & Asia Minor Greek, Associate in Greek Linguistics, Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University and Associate Editor of Brill’s Encyclopedia of Greek Language and Linguistics (EGLL)
Published by HRDSCR Editions
PS: the scores can also be purchased in digital form by sending a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
One can listen to a sample of the score on: