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Piece Title : Northampton
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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
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Written for / Commissioned by : Jonathan Howell
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Publisher :Tapspace Publications
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Tapspace™ is a publishing company specializing in creative percussion music. Formed in 1998 and stationed in Portland, Oregon, USA, Tapspace has a refined niche focusing on educational and appealing concert percussion ensembles, solos, duets, rudimental percussion music, steel band music, and other educational materials.

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Year Composed / Copyright Date :2006 / 
Duration :4Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :4
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :Northampton is a four-mallet, intermediate level solo for marimba which utilizes, throughout, the interval of the perfect fifth. This gives the piece the open and resonant quality associated with that interval. Rhythmically, Northampton moves between the meters of 3/4 and 6/8 with the eighth note remaining constant. While dynamics and other musical directions are prevalent and meaningful, the most successful performances will contain slight variances and expressive freedoms. The important thing is for the performer to create music rather than responding to the printed page in a way that is “mechanical.” In most instances, sticking choice is obvious; however, suggestions are made in situations that are less obvious. Measure 1, for example, defines the practice of bringing the left hand into the treble. Measures 31-38, and its repeat later, continue this. Northampton had its premier at a faculty concert preceding the 2006 Rivers Conservatory “Contemporary Seminar for the Young.” This premier was performed by the composer, Gary Fieldman. The first 26 measures of this piece were composed in 1984, while Fieldman was studying composition with Karen Tarlow and living in the college town of Northampton, Massachusetts. Those beginning measures, evocative of that time and place, were developed into the completed composition in 2005.
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