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Piece Title : Mudgrave
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Composer / Arranger : Calabrese, Helmut Christoferus
Composer / Arranger Details: Helmut Christoferus Calabrese is a composer born in Germany in 1957; he immigrated to the U.S. in 1962. At the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, where he earned his Bachelor of Music in composition, his teachers included Richard Elliot, Theodore Antoniou, and Andrew Rudin. At New York University, were he earned his Ph.D. in composition, his teacher was Ron Mazurek. At the Berklee College of Music, Calabrese studied film scoring techniques with Michael Rendish. Following his doctorate, Dr. Calabrese began teaching music and became a founding member of the music publishing company Calabrese Brothers Music, LLC. His writing styles can be classified in the genres of “serious” classical, “light” classical and contemporary gospel. His “sound” and film scores manifest influences of Ennio Morricone, Edgard Varese, and Bernard Herrmann. Coming from a concert music background, Dr. Calabrese applies to film scoring the orchestration and dramatic setting skills he acquired composing orchestral works including a one-act opera The Pearl (1979), and most recently he has completed the film score for the feature film Il Gioco É Fatto? for the Italian director Francseco Russo; this film will be released on May 7, 2011 in theaters throughout Italy. Dr. Calabrese has received ASCAPLUS awards from 2003 to 2009 by ASCAP. He was nominated by two United States Congressional Bills (1989) and (1991) to designate his song, “The Most Beautiful Lady in the World: Statue of Liberty Anthem” as official anthem of Statue of Liberty. He was also nominated by two State of New Jersey Bills (2002) and (2004) that “call on congress to designate” this anthem as the official anthem of the Statue of Liberty. Information on Dr. Calabrese can be found at the following website:
Total Number of Percussionists Required :2 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion
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Written for / Commissioned by : Composed for Peter Jarvis
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Publisher :Calabrese Brothers Music, LLC
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Publisher Details : Publishes contemporary composers
Year Composed / Copyright Date :2007 / 
Duration :6Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :Mudgrave for marimba and vibraphone is an interactive composition which was inspired by the silent film Mudgrave at the Beach. My objective was to create a duet that worked in three different performance settings: 1. as an independent composition, 2. as a composition that would be performed live with the film projected simultaneously, and 3. as a film score embedded in the film.
The marimba and the vibraphone complement the film by being its emotional voice in a tone poem that discovers and explores the inherent metaphorical significance that is the essence of this drama.
The work was commissioned in 2007 by Matthew Krist, film editor and is dedicated to Peter Jarvis who I thank for his assistance in the preparation of the manuscript and with technical advice on the performance capabilities of the instruments. - Helmut Christoferus Calabrese

N.B. The piece stands alone and does not require the film for performance.

Program listing from the premiere performance:

Mudgrave (2008) - Helmut Christoferus Calabrese
for Percussion Duo with Film
I. Toyland
II. Destruction
III. Desperation
IV. World Within
IV. La Fine Eterna

Peter Jarvis – Vibraphone, Edward Stroh – Marimba

Film Credits:
Mudgrave at the Beach starring the late Nic Pearson as “Mudgrave the Clown.”
Directed by Nic Pearson - Filmed by Tina Mathias - Edited by Matthew Krist
Tonight’s premiere of Mudgrave is happily and respectfully dedicated to Nic Pearson. Pearson, a young Canadian film maker and clown sadly passed away in 2008, far before his time at the age of 26. Nic created the endearing character of Mudgrave the Clown and starred in this film production. Our Mudgrave at the Beach project was initiated by Pearson and will be brought to fruition when Ned and I record Chris’s piece for the purpose of embedding the music in the film. Many thanks to Nic and Chris. - Pete Jarvis

Mudgrave is engraved by Helmut Calabrese
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