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Piece Title : Shattered Dreamscapes
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Level : Junior / Senior
Composer / Arranger : Blessinger, Martin (b. 1978)
Composer / Arranger Details:

Martin Blessinger is an Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Texas Christian University. He holds a D.M. in music composition from the Florida State University where he was a University Research Fellow, studying with Ladislav Kubik and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. He received undergraduate and master`s degrees from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, studying with Sheila Silver and Perry Goldstein. Prior to arriving at TCU, he worked as a Lecturer in Music Theory at the Ithaca College School of Music.

His works have been performed around the country and abroad by ensembles such as the North Shore Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Brass Quintet, the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, Sounds New, and the new music ensembles of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Florida State University, Franklin Pierce College, and Truman State University, and others. His orchestration of Jessica Grace Wing`s score for the critically-acclaimed off-Broadway musical Lost won Best Music in the 2003 New York City Fringe Festival and received a revival performance during the 2009 season by the Arizona Onstage Theater Company. Further, he has won awards from the Diana Barnhart American Song Competition (cum laude, for Cradle Song), the Eppes String Quartet Competition (for Postcard from the Americas), the 2007 Illinois Wesleyan University Young Composers Competition (for Fanfare for Brass Quintet), and the 2008 NACUSA Young Composers Competition (for Duo for Saxophone and Piano). His music is published by Reed Music and C. Alan Publications.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion
Instrument / Discipline : Marimba Solo
Instrumentation : N/A
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : Darrin Hicks
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Publisher :C. Alan Publications
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Publisher Details :

C. Alan Publications was founded in 1989 to fill a need for high-quality percussion literature.  Since that time, they have adhered to the highest standards of music integrity in the percussion music they publish.  In 1997, they added a line of concert band music to their catalogue, which continues to flourish.  More recently they added music for orchestra (youth, string and full), brass ensemble, chorus, jazz ensemble and chamber ensembles. 

In addition they are the sole distributor of 'Whole Sum Productions' percussion catalogue (WS).  Their music receives extensive exposure through performances on international concerts, clinics and conventions and is widely available on compact disc.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :2010 /  2011
Duration :10Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :4
Special Needs :NA
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

I wrote Shattered Dreamscapes in late 2010 at the request of my good friend, percussionist Darrin Hicks. My usual preference is to give pieces utilitarian titles, but Darrin rightly insisted that “Marimba Solo” would not do. Thus, the evocative title references the ever-changing composite meters, which disturb the regular hypermeter like light through broken glass, as well as the dream-like shifting between moods that accompanies each new section.

The parenthetical “Stock Doc Bless” after the tempo marking is an inside joke and a nod to the wonderful percussion studio at Texas Christian University, which has provided endless inspiration, both musical and personal.

This work was premiered at TCU on April 1, 2011 by Darrin Hicks.

- M.B.

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