MATTHIAS SCHMITT: Eisblumen, for vibrafon solo.
In memoriam Edgar Guggeis.
- Delicate and Thoughtful
- German for “Ice Flowers”
- Blues Influence
- Lots of Rippled Chords
- Difficulty: Medium
- Duration: 4:00
Eisblumen, German for “Frost Flowers”, is a delicate and thoughtful vibraphone solo composed by Matthias Schmitt. It’s clearly written with a significant blues influence, and could add a breath of cold fresh air to a recital filled with aggressive music.
Be prepared to play a lot of rippled chords – they show up in nearly every measure!
Matthias Schmitt was born in Würzburg in 1958 (17th of January) and was introduced to music at the age of 4. As many of his generation, he got involved in popular music as a listener and musician in bands. At the end of the 70´s, Schmitt came in contact with the composer and percussion teacher, Siegfried Fink wich led to studies and greater involvement whith percussion instruments, which eventually made his career as a composer and teacher.
Since 1996 Schmitt has focused on percussion music, and has created some of the most popular marimba pieces on the market, like “Ghanaia”, “Sechs Miniaturen”, “Corrido” and “Nocturne” to name a few. His great interest in education shows clearly in his three-volume collection “Young and Sweet (Suite)”, which now are available with a CD in each volume.