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Piece Title : Watch the Melting Glaciers
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Level : Junior
Composer / Arranger : Fieldman, Gary
Composer / Arranger Details: Gary Fieldman ( currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts where he is active in a musical community both diverse and eclectic. He is a faculty member of the Preparatory and Continuing Education Divisions of the New England Conservatory of Music, as well as the North End Music and Performing Arts Center. Mr. Fieldman has written and recorded numerous compositions. As a founding member of Know Trio, he recorded his CD length narration with music composition, Ratty’s Loving Surprise, and has also recorded a collection of shorter compositions on compilation project Dimension Traveler. Gary can be found on numerous labelsincluding Biba, Sachimay, Innova, and also on Rotary Records with “Field Effect,” the Gary Fieldman Quartet. Mr. Fieldman’s formal education began with Warren Myers, with whom he later played next to for many years as section percussionist with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield, Massachusetts, and then earned a bachelor’s degree in performance at Boston University, studying with Tom Gauger. Private studies in composition with Karen Tarlow were significant, and later, he received a master’s in jazz studies from the New England Conservatory of Music. There he studied with Bob Moses, Fred Buda, and Bevan Manson. Personal investigations of the great jazz masters, and the music of the European classical tradition have been mainstays in Mr. Fieldman’s approach, which attempts to define commonality in seemingly diverse arenas.
Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Mixed Chamber Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Marimba Solo with Piano Accompaniment
Instrumentation : Piano
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 4 Octave Marimba
Written for / Commissioned by : Rivers Conservatory - Sharon Schoffmann, piano chair
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Publisher :Tapspace Publications
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Year Composed / Copyright Date :2007 /  2009
Duration :6Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :N/A
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Watch the Melting Glaciers (2007) is an intermediate level composition for marimba (two mallets) and piano that utilizes throughout the four-against-three polyrhythm. Glaciers is also, as the title may suggest, a programmatic composition loosely constructed around the subject of global warming. It is depicted in seven sections with descriptive titles as follows: 1. Ice Splashing into the Sea, 2. Gulf Stills, 3. “An Inconvenient Truth,” 4. Deep Freeze, 5. Competition...Aggression, 6. Reconciliation, and 7. Acceptance, Reflection. Watch the Melting Glaciers was commissioned in 2007 by Rivers Conservatory former piano chair Sharon Schoffmann and was premiered in the 2007 Rivers Conservatory “Contemporary Seminar for the Young.” The performers were upper high school students, marimbist Marina Ramsay and pianist Matthew Aucoin. The seminar rules stipulated that all compositions should include either the element of extended techniques or improvisation. Glaciers utilizes improvisation in Section 3, “An Inconvenient Truth.” The performers had varying degrees of experience with improvisation but were ultimately successful due to the simplicity of the improvisational directions, which asked the performer to emulate related sections of the piece. A number of synchronistic elements came together to inspire the creation of Watch the Melting Glaciers. First was the commission by Sharon Schoffmann, soon followed by the composition of the opening motif and working title “Pass the Melting Butter.” This was followed by a concert series where I was playing in the percussion section of the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Kenneth Kiesler conducting an all-American program. The music ranged from intelligently garish to poignantly introspective, qualities I associate with my own composition. Around that same time I had a conversation with principal clarinetist and personnel manager Julie Vaverka (1953-2007) on the subject of global changes which proved memorable. Finally, and significantly, while struggling with the form of the composition, I found inspiration for the programmatic content from numerous viewings of the documentary film “An Inconvenient Truth” by environmentalist, former Vice President, and 2000 presidential candidate Al Gore. The first four sections of Glaciers correspond to a scenario described in the film in which an ice age may begin when the salt content of the Gulf is neutralized by fresh water from melting ice caps. Details on this scenario (which has historical precedent in an earlier ice age) can be easily researched if the listener and performer would like to know more.

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