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Piece Title : Like a Burden Too Heavy
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Level : Freshman / Sophomore
Composer / Arranger : Blume, Brian
Composer / Arranger Details:

Percussionist, composer, and educator Brian Blume is making himself known nationally and internationally through exceptional skill and creativity. A native of Logansport, Indiana, Brian is currently percussionist with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra and has also played with the Lafayette Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Carmel Symphony, and Bloomington Camerata Orchestra. His performance experience goes far beyond orchestral playing and includes solo marimba and percussion, new music performances, and four years as a snare drummer with the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps. Recent accomplishments include performances at the 2010 TROMP Percussion Competition in Eindhoven, Netherlands, and First Place at the 2010 Mid-Missouri Percussion Arts Trophy marimba competition. Brian has studied with Kevin Bobo, Steve Houghton, John Tafoya, Anthony Cirone, Gerald Carlyss, and Brent Montgomery.
Brian is an active composer/arranger, educator, clinician, and adjudicator in Indiana and throughout the Midwest. He has received numerous commissions and has works published by Tapspace Publications, PercMaster Publications, and drop6 media. He writes for several high school percussion programs and has written for the IU Marching Hundred drumline and the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps drumline. Brian currently teaches percussion at Center Grove High School (Greenwood, IN) and has taught throughout the country at the Blue Stars, Madison Scouts, and the Star of Indiana Alumni Corps.
Brian earned both Master and Bachelor of Music degrees in percussion performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). Brian currently lives in Greenwood, IN, with his wife, Sarah.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion
Instrument / Discipline : Marimba Solo
Instrumentation : 4 2/3 Octave Marimba (Low E)
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 4.6 preferred but note substitutions are available for a 4.3 octave instrument.
Written for / Commissioned by : Not A Commissioned Work
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 Tapspace Publications
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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.

With a star-studded list of contributing artists, our works have been performed by thousands of percussionists around the world, and are being used daily to help shape and influence the rapidly growing percussive arts. This makes Tapspace a premier source for today`s most creative percussion literature.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :2012 /  2012
Duration :4Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :4
Special Needs :NA
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

"... like a burden too heavy" is a reflection on the struggles and limitations we face as humans. Some refer to the “human condition”; others may speak of “sin.” But at some point, we all feel weighed down by our inadequacies and shortcomings, by our often futile strivings. The title of the piece comes from Psalm 38, in which the writer laments, "My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear." At times we experience the weight of burdens placed on us by our surroundings, burdens impossible to carry alone. The psalmist continues, "I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart. All my longings lie open before you, Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you." My hope is that the performer senses and reflects some of this weariness and weight in the music. However, it is up to the performer and audience alike to decide what it is that causes this heaviness. – Brian Blume This solo is intended to be performed on a 4.3-octave marimba. However, some additions/alterations may be made to enhance the piece for a 4.6-octave (low E) keyboard. Any notes (and corresponding dynamics) in parentheses in the score are optional for performers using a 4.6-octave marimba. Isolating several stroke types (single independent, single alternating, double vertical), this work is an ideal challenge for the developing 4-mallet marimbist. A limited number of stickings have been suggested, and the rest are up to the performer.

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