A postcard painting by Ivan Generalcic inspired a poem by Krzywicki, which then inspired this colorful, descriptive, and challenging duet for marimba and piano. Both players are on equal footing throughout, each having their own moments in the spotlight.
"Snow Night" for marimba and piano owes its existence to percussionist Anthony Orlando who requested the work in 1977, and to painter Ivan Generalcic whose picture postcard served as its spiritual point of departure. In the picture, night settles into its most secretive hours, glowing with surrealistic hue above the new-fallen snow, transfiguring the village below. Trees draped by snow stand hauntingly silent and no sound stirs but the occasional sweep of the icy wind that blows up snow like echo memories of the snowstorm that has passed. Thoughts gradually turn to ‘remembering back’ and after a series of events returns to the opening scene transformed. The work was recorded by Anthony Orlando and Susan Nowicki for Capstone Records [CPS-8631].
Painting by Ivan Generalcic (© Koller)
Night settles into its most secretive hours,
Glowing with surrealistic hue above the new-fallen snow,
Transfiguring the village below.
Trees draped by snow stand hauntingly silent.
No sound stirs but the occasional sweep of the icy wind
That blows up snow like echo memories
Of the snowstorm that has passed.
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
Jan Krzywicki (b. 1948) is active as a composer, conductor and educator. As a composer he has been commissioned by prestigious performers, and organizations such as the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, the Chestnut Brass Company, Network for New Music, and performed across the United States by ensembles such as the Colorado Quartet, Network for New Music, Pennsylvania Ballet, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Alea III, and others.
His works have been heard at conferences of the College Music Society, the Society of Composers, and on national public radio. He has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, Meet the Composer, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Krzywicki has been a resident at the Rockefeller Foundation (Bellagio, Italy), at the Bogliasco Foundation (Bogliasco, Italy), and has been a Fellow at the MacDowell, Yaddo, Millay and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts colonies.
His work is published by Alphonse Leduc & Cie, Theodore Presser Co., Tenuto Publications, Lyra Music Company, and Heilman Music, and can be heard on Capstone Records, Albany Records, North-South Recordings and De Haske Records.
As a conductor he has led chamber and orchestral groups in literature from the middle ages to the present, including a large number of premieres. Since 1990 he has been conductor of the contemporary ensemble Network for New Music. Krzywicki is a professor of music theory at Temple University, where he teaches music theory, composition, and conducts the New Music Ensemble.
Grade Level: Difficult
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