Posted By : Jeff Moore
Piece Title : A cricket sang and set the sun
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Level : Junior / Senior
Composer / Arranger : Tyson, Blake
Composer / Arranger Details: Blake Tyson is recognized as one of the outstanding percussionists of his generation. Although known primarily as a marimbist, he is committed to the creation and performance of new music for all types of percussion by commissioning, composing, and premiering new works. Currently on the faculty of the University of Central Arkansas, he believes that teaching is an important aspect of being a creative musician. For him, teaching is not only a way to share knowledge and experience, but also to create excitement for the percussive arts in a new generation of musicians. His clinics, masterclasses and performances have been received enthusiastically both in the United States and internationally. Blake Tyson received the DMA degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. The faculty of the Eastman School also awarded Tyson the prestigious Performer's Certificate. He received the Master of Music degree from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Alabama. His teachers include John Beck, Michael Burritt, Larry Mathis, and Peggy Benkeser. He has also studied derabucca with Halim El-Dabh and has devoted intensive study to El-Dabh's unique notational system for the instrument. Blake Tyson has given recitals as both a solo and chamber artist throughout the United States. He has performed and taught in Ecuador as a guest of the National Conservatory. Recently, he visited Egypt where he performed at the Ministry of Culture in Cairo and as a soloist with the Orchestra de Biblioteca Alexandrina in Alexandria. He has performed as a percussionist with many orchestras throughout the United States, and is currently Principal Percussionist with the Conway Symphony. He has also performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Northwest Percussion Festival, the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar, and has presented clinics and masterclasses at colleges and universities throughout the country. His solo marimba work Anubis is published by Keyboard Percussion Publications. He performs with the flute and percussion duo, Imbat
Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion
Instrument / Discipline : Marimba Solo
Instrumentation : N/A
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 5.0 Octave Marimba
Written for / Commissioned by : Not a Commissioned Work
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Publisher :Published by the Composer
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Year Composed / Copyright Date :2006 /  2006
Duration :6Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :4
Special Needs :NA
Sheet Music Available From :(Published by the composer) blake@blaketyson.com     Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

This work takes its title from an Emily Dickinson poem that begins, "The cricket sang, And set the sun." When I read these words, I was moved by the powerful ideas they evoked. It was not just the image of a beautiful and slowly shifting sunset that struck me, but the idea that something so small could affect something so large, that a cricket`s song could transform day into night. Although the piece is not directly based on the poem, I have tried to capture the sense of fascination, inspiration and beauty that these opening lines create.


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Posted By : Joshua7Dunn    Date Posted: 23 October 2012 03:57:27 AM
Flowing melodies. Consonant work. Has a constant 16th note feel throughout the entire piece. More for the intermediate/advanced player. Great for a recital opener. I suggest this piece to be a standard in any percussionists bag of tunes.
Posted By : Jeff Moore    Date Posted: 12 February 2009 07:07:00 AM
A marimba solo for 5.0 octave inspired by an Emily Dickinson poem. Following indications:The piece should be performed lyrically. Look for the long lines. Tempo indications are approximate. Sticking suggestions are provided. If they don`t work, feel free to use your own. Breath marks indicate a pause that should last slightly longer than one beat. Notes should not be rolled unless indicated. Note the slight difference in the pattern at the end of m. 117
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