Posted By : Jeff Moore
Piece Title : Blues for Gilbert
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Composer / Arranger : Glentworth, Mark (1960-)
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At 16, Mark Glentworth was one of the youngest students to study percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music. After graduating he started working in London as a freelance percussionist in all styles of music, including regular work with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. He became the last Solo Percussionist with Sir Peter Maxwell Davis’s contemporary ensemble The Fires of London.

His composition work has covered a very wide spectrum of music ranging from commercial songwriting through to orchestral composition and has included most styles and mediums in between. One of his first compositions was a vibraphone solo called Blues for Gilbert, which has gone on to become a percussion standard finding its way on to many percussion CDs and is performed by soloists such as Evelyn Glennie. Mark was commissioned to write music to Sir John Gielgud’s reading of Lear’s Nonsense Poetry. In 1981 he started working with Steven Berkoff as composer/performer, and has since collaborated on many of his stage, TV and radio productions, including West, Greek, Metamorphosis, Sink the Belgrano!, The Trial, Coriolanus, Macbeth (radio version), One Man Show, Tell-Tale Heart, Messiah: Scenes from a Crucifixion and most recently a production of Richard II at the Ludlow Festival, for which the music received special praise. His work with Steven Berkoff has provided him with a unique opportunity as a composer/ performer as the music is given the space to be a vital element within the production. Their most recent collaboration. a stage production of the classic film       On The  Waterfront” is a good example of this. This production is currently playing at the Edinburgh festival and will be transferring to London’s West End in the Autumn.

Recently his profile as a classical composer has also been gaining momentum, with particular interest in the Marimba Concerto No 1  and most recently a chamber opera Blood Rose which is based on Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion
Instrument / Discipline : Vibraphone Solo
Instrumentation : N/A
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 3-Octave Vibraphone
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Publisher :Zimmerman Musikverlag
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Duration :5Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :4
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Posted By : Jeff Moore    Date Posted: 19 February 2009 01:14:00 PM
When Mark Glentworth was studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, the death of Gilbert Webster, his teacher and friend, had inspired him to compose Blues for Gilbert in his memory. The piece is written in ABA form with the first section in a melancholy style making use of stick dampening. The section can almost be described as being in a free tempo with the sad melody and chords demanding a lot rubato. The next section is totally different with a strong swing melody, making use of duplets against triplets with the left hang accompanying the melody played by the right hand. It is as if the composer might be recalling the good times and the friendship he had built with Gilbert Webster. This section makees up most of the piece reflecting how much the good times outway the sad. However, the slow section heard at the beginning of the work then returns as we see the hurt and the pain slowly reemerging. This is one of the most popular compositions written for vibraphone and combines all the instrument`s strengths and subtle tone.
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