Percussion Master Class on Works by Schwantner, Schuller and Bach

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Jack Van Geem

General Info

Year of Published: 2011
Publisher: Meredith Music
ISBN: 978-1-5746-3119-7
Cost: $24.95




This latest Master Class presents a comprehensive, interpretive analysis and performance guide of three major works for solo marimba by San Francisco Symphony Principal Percussionist Jack Van Geem. His well-thought-out approach to learning Velocities by Joseph Schwantner helps solve many of the difficult 4-mallet technical issues of this most notable composition for solo marimba. The extensive theoretical analysis of Three Small Adventures (from Intermediate Masterworks for Marimba Volume 1) by Gunther Schuller aids in a greater musical approach to this and other contemporary works for marimba. Jack provides his personal edition including dynamics, phrasing, and articulations to J. S. Bach's Fugue from Sonata No. 1 in G Minor. This in-depth, one-of-a-kind publication includes:

  • Sticking Options: From "low-tech" single mallet or hand-to-hand alternation to "high-tech" convoluted permutations of 4-mallet options
  • Beating Spots: For the best sound and to avoid sticking issues
  • Hand & Arm Postures: Developing a more efficient and accurate approach to the marimba
  • Memorization: Constructing an accurate and effective physical memory
  • Practicing: Structuring thoughtful practice time
  • Learning the art of Triaging: To determine priorities
  • Complete edited version of the Bach Fugue from Sonata No. 1 in G Minor

Books for Percussion by this Author

4 Mallet Democracy for Marimba
Symphonic Repertoire for Keyboard Percussion
Percussion Master Class on Works by Schwantner, Schuller and Bach
Romantic Encounters for Marimba