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Piece Title : Palmetto Moon
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Dificulty Rating :
Level : Advanced
Composer / Arranger : Harnsberger, Andy
Composer / Arranger Details:

Praised by Percussive Notes Journal as “A Master of Musical Nuance”, ANDY HARNSBERGER enjoys a versatile career as a performer and educator. He has performed in a variety of settings across the United States, Europe, and Japan and presents numerous solo recitals and clinics throughout the country each year. He has been a featured solo artist at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto Festival. He has also appeared as a guest clinician at many Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion.  His compact disc, “Vertigo,” has been recognized by the Percussive Arts Society as “a must purchase for anyone who collects important marimba recordings…His performance makes it clear that he is a master player, not only technically, but musically as well.”

Dr. Harnsberger has performed as percussionist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony and Richmond Ballet Orchestras, Key West Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Macon Symphony Orchestra, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony, Long Bay Symphony, Gainesville Symphony, and Carroll Symphony Orchestra as well as the contemporary music ensemble “Currents”, and has toured extensively as percussionist and xylophone soloist with The Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band. He has also made several guest appearances on National Public Radio, both in interviews, and live performances to bring public awareness to the marimba as a solo instrument.  “Andy Harnsberger is a joy to watch in performance and a feast for the ears.  The sensitivity and strength in his live playing was a treasure for the audience…simply phenomenal!” – National Public Radio.

Andy Harnsberger earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he also received the prestigious Performer`s Certificate. Dr. Harnsberger is Director of Percussion Studies at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee and is active throughout the year as a freelance percussionist and recitalist.  He is also in demand as a clinician across the country, presenting workshops and masterclasses at many universities each year. Andy is a performing artist and clinician for Pearl Drums and Adams Musical Instruments, Innovative Percussion, Inc., Evans Drum Heads, Sabian Cymbals, Ltd., and Grover Pro Percussion.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :4 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Marimba Solo with Percussion Accompaniment
Instrumentation : Bells / Crotales (Set of) / Elephant Bells / Triangle (x3) / Tuned Wine Glasses
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 5 Octave Marimba
Written for / Commissioned by : Inspired by my time living in Charleston, SC. For Lauren.
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and Youtube Channel Owner. Recorded / Provided by:
 Provided by Andy Harnsberger
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Publisher :Paragon Percussion
Publishers Website :Please contact the composer directly.
Publisher Details :

Publishers of Music by Andy Harnsberger.


Year Composed / Copyright Date :2010 /  2011
Duration :10Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2, 4, Various
Special Needs :Tuned Wine Glasses and Elephant Bells
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

I had been performing “Vertigo” with percussion ensembles since 1998 and I wanted to write another piece that I could play with a group. The idea is to gain more interaction with students when I perform or give clinics at universities. So I decided to write another piece for marimba and percussion trio, only it would have to be totally different than “Vertigo,” which is a very drum-heavy, rhythmic piece. “Palmetto Moon” is basically an impressionistic piece, which relies on colors, sounds, and melodic instruments rather than rhythm and drums. I believe it is totally different in instrumentation and style than any other piece for marimba and percussion that is out right now. I use some unique instruments such as elephant bells and tuned wine glasses to create imagery and elicit the imagination of the listener. Inspired by my time living in Charleston, SC. The percussion parts rely on metallic sounds, which is a great contrast and blend to the marimba.

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