ROCKABY (OP. 14)

Posted By : peterjarvis
Piece Title : Rockaby (Op. 14)
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Composer / Arranger : Mazurek, Ron / Jarvis, Peter
Composer / Arranger Details:

Throughout his career, composer Ron Mazurek taught at New York University, Bergen Community College, Lehman College, Fairleigh Dickinson University and several other colleges and universities including William Paterson University where he initiated the electronic music program. His compositions have been performed throughout the USA, South America, Japan, Korea, and Europe and are published by Seesaw Music Corporation N.Y., Edition Pro Nova, Germany, and Calabrese Brothers Music. He received numerous awards and grants including a Fulbright Senior Specialists award and a Fellowship in Composition from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. He is a founding member of the International New Music Consortium, the Composers Guild of New Jersey and the International Composers and Interactive Artists (ICIA) of which he was artistic director. Ron was also an accomplished performer on electronic keyboards having performed extensively in New York, New Jersey and on many major new music festivals both in the United States and Europe. Several of his works have been recorded for North/South Records, Jersey Sessions recordings, Pro Viva Records, Romeo Records, Capstone Records and others. One 9/11-inspired composition of his, Final Bell, was nominated for a Grammy in 2006. Perhaps more importantly, Ron was a great ambassador for music representing music with great dignity and love. One of the most unassuming professionals I have ever met or worked with, Mazurek treated all musicians and composers – student or professional, regardless of experience or accomplishment – with equal respect. It is a rare instance, in a professional world, that one quietly gives so much and asks for so little, while serving a given community in a selfless manner while maintaining dignity at all times.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Mixed Chamber Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Vibraphone
Instrumentation : Soprano Voice
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 3 Octave Vibraphone
Written for / Commissioned by : No commissioning Party
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and Youtube Channel Owner. Recorded / Provided by:
 Peter Jarvis
Accompanied :N/A
Publisher :Calabrese Brothers Music, LLC
Publishers Website :www.calabresebrothersmusic.com
Publisher Details : Publishes contemporary composers
Year Composed / Copyright Date :2011 /  2011
Duration :5Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :Various
Special Needs :Vocal Part, Dark Stage with stand lights can be used. Additional amplification / reverb optional.
Sheet Music Available From :www.steveweissmusic.com/product/rockaby-ron-mazurek-peter-jarvis/mallet-accompaniment      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Program Notes:

Rockaby Op. 14, is a pastoral and tender lullaby with text from a Polish folk song. A long chant-like melodic line is accompanied, at times, by a repeating bell-like timbre from the vibraphone. The work expresses an aspect of longing and sadness. This version of Rockaby (2011) is my transcription of Ron’s original version (2003) which is for voice and piano. My transcription is among the many projects Ron and I were discussing and working on at the time of his passing. - Mazurek/Jarvis



Performance Notes:
Vibraphone:
- The vibraphone is to be played without motor throughout. - Mallets according to articulation and the acoustical environment.
Voice:
- Rockaby may be sung as a volcalise. - If sung as a volcalise use a vowel sound of either: ah or ooh.
Amplification
- In large or dry-sounding halls, amplification (for both the singer and percussionist) is recommended. Amplification, if used, is more for the sound quality than for volume. Therefore, if amplification is used, it is recommended that reverb be incorporated in order to create a “church-like” ambiance. The use of amplification is at the discretion of the performers and will most likely be unnecessary in small reverberant halls.
Stage Lighting
- Stage lighting, if possible, should be quite dark thereby creating an intimate environment. In order to allow for almost “black-out” stage lighting, the use of stand lights is recommended.

The text for Rockaby is from a Polish folk song.

Polish

Lulajze Elizko
A lulajze lulaj
Siwety ocka mas
Stu lajze Je, stulaj

Lulajze Elizko
Lulajze, Lulajze
Jak cie zawola ja
Elizko, wstajajze

Akoly salyy Sie
Ptaski nabadylu
Spiewaly, Elizko
Lulu, Elizko, lulu


English Translation

Rockaby Lisa
Rockaby, rockaby
Grey eyes you have
Close them, close them

Rockaby Lisa
Rockaby, rockaby
When they call you
Lisa, get up

They were rocking
Birds on a stem
Singing to Lisa
Rockaby, Lisa, rockaby


Rockaby is engraved by Peter Jarvis.

Rockaby is published by Calabrese Brothers Music, LLC USA

Copyright 2011 Peter Jarvis

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William Paterson University New Music Ensemble William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ USA 2011-04-18 07:30 PM
Connecticut College New Music Ensemble Connecticut College 2011-05-10 07:00 PM
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