MATTHIAS SCHMITT: Blue Latin Rondo, for Two Players on one Marimba or Vibraphone and Marimba
MATTHIAS SCHMITT: Blue Latin Rondo, foreword:
The title of the piece is also its program. Influences from jazz, Latin American music and classical music are connected with each other, as well as being juxtaposed in contrast.
The distinctive sounds produced by diverse performance techniques on the marimba form a bridge between musical styles which, considered individually, might seem incompatible.
Regarding performance with vibraphone
In the part marked “freely” no tremolo should be used. The remainder of the piece is up to the discretion of the performer. Only a few of the marimba tremolo passages should be taken over by the vibraphone.
About the composer:
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.