Marimba Master Class on Reflections on the Nature of Water composed by Daniel Druckman and Jacob Druckman (1928-1996). Edited by Anthony J. Cirone. For Percussion, Marimba. Meredith Music Resource. Softcover. 24 pages. Published by Meredith Music (HL.109722).
ISBN 1574632183. 8.5x11 inches.
Jacob Druckman's Reflection on the Nature of Water has become one of the standard 4-mallet marimba solos in the contemporary marimba literature. This master class, written by the person it was composed for, Dan Druckman, the composer's son – Associate Principal Percussionist of the New York Philharmonic – provides a unique insight into the complexities of this monumental work.
This analysis of “Reflections” includes:
• Exploration of the sonic, timbral, and expressive possibilities of the marimba in a unique way
• A hands-on, specific, “nuts and bolts” approach to understanding and performing the piece
• Applications of mallet choices, strokes, articulation, and phrasing-to have as wide a sonic palette as possible
• Correction of mistakes in the score (mostly accidentals or rhythmic errors).