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Piece Title : Ykjur
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Dificulty Rating :
Level : Senior / Graduate
Composer / Arranger : Rafnsson, Geir
Composer / Arranger Details: Geir Rafnsson first studied percussion at Akureyri Music School in the North of Iceland with Roar Kvam. He then went on to the FIH School of Music in Reykjavik where he received a grant for outstanding achievements and graduated in 1994. From 1995 - 1997 he studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK. In Iceland Geir played in Rock bands, dance bands and theaters as well as the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and various other chamber groups. Geir now works in England as a freelance percussionist, composer and teacher. In 1997 he won second prize in the Percussive Arts Society's Annual Composition Contest for "Hekla" a piece for solo marimba. He has worked in several different chamber groups such as the Mosaic flute and percussion duo and 4-MALITY percussion quartet who have received wide acclaim and performed at a variety of festivals, conferences and music societies in the UK and abroad, including the Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. He is currently focusing his efforts on his ever-expanding percussion teaching practice and building up his already extensive array of compositions.
Total Number of Percussionists Required :4 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Tuned Percussion Duo with Untuned Accompaniment
Instrumentation : Chinese Drums / Claves / Cymbals / Shaker
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 1 x 5 Octave Marimba, 1 x 4 1/3 Octave Marimba
Written for / Commissioned by : 4-Mality Percussion Quartet
Permission given for Youtube video by Copyright holder
and Youtube Channel Owner. Recorded / Provided by:
 Students from Birmingham Conservatoire: Corin McCann, Edwin Beesley, Steph Jones & Daniel Hayward
Accompanied :N/A
Publisher :Geir Rafnsson Percusssion Music
Publishers Website :www.rafnsson.com
Publisher Details : Geir has composed a variety of different compositions, from percussion quartets to flute and percussion duets. He publishes / distributes his own music through his personal website. www.rafnsson.com. For USA buyers his music is also available at www.steveweissmusic.com.
Year Composed / Copyright Date :2000 /  2000
Duration :10Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2, 4, Various
Special Needs :N/A
Sheet Music Available From :www.rafnsson.com      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Ykjur (extreme measures) for percussion quartet - Geir Rafnsson is a fast aggressive piece written for two marimbas and two percussionists. It moves quickly between sections using complicated rhythmic motives and time signatures. A simple melody appears over and over in different rhythmic and harmonic contexts. The final section is a long build up in the percussion to a unison pattern in the marimbas. The piece was written in 2000 and was first performed by 4-mality percussion quartet.

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