FOUR SKETCHES FOR SAM

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Piece Title : Four Sketches for Sam
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Composer / Arranger : Wahlund, Ben
Composer / Arranger Details:

Ben Wahlund is an internationally award-winning music composer, music educator, and performer of percussion. With bachelor degrees from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, as well as a Master`s Degree in Music Theory and Composition and a Performance Certificate in percussion from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, Ben Wahlund has seen success as a musician on a number of fronts since the early 1990`s.

As a composer, Mr. Wahlund`s works have been performed in the United States, Canada, Germany, Spain, Poland, Japan, Australia, France, Taiwan, China, and most recently, Jordan. Additionally, his compositions have placed twice in the Percussive Arts Society International Composition Contest, first place for the Quey Percussion Duo Annual Composition Contest, first place in the international Methanex "Symphony and Steel Composition Contest" for a concerto for steel pan and orchestra, and second place in the Keystone Composition Contest.

Ben Wahlund is the Assistant Director of the Birch Creek Music Center Percussion Session, in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, as well as a private teacher and adjudicator in the Naperville, Illinois area and serves as adjunct faculty in music theory, percussion pedagogy, composition/orchestration and music education at North Central College, in Naperville, IL.

Ben Wahlund also serves as the director of percussion at Naperville Central High School, where the high school percussion ensemble`s concert Drumshow consistently performs to capacity crowds of over 2,500 people. Additionally, Ben has designed and is director of the District 203 Riverwalk Percussion Camp.

His performance history involves successful performances in all aspects of percussion throughout the United States as well as Europe, including the Montreaux Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Elmhurst Jazz Festival, two Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, a number of state Days of Percussion, and the Illinois Music Educators Association State Convention.

His effective and engaging teaching has earned him two Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Education, a number of citations as outstanding studio staff member at NCHS, a nomination for the Disney Excellence in Education Award, and, most importantly, a roster of tremendously successful students.

Ben Wahlund endorses Sabian Cymbals, Remo Percussion, and Innovative Percussion Drumsticks and Mallets. Mr. Wahlund`s work is published exclusively by HoneyRock Publications and lives in the Chicago area with his wife, Jennifer, and two dogs, Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :2 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Marimba and Steel Pan Duet
Instrumentation : N/A
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 5-Octave Marimba and Tenor Pan
Written for / Commissioned by : 2006 PAS Composition Contest
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and Youtube Channel Owner. Recorded / Provided by:
 Ben Wahlund
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Publisher :Honeyrock Publishing
Publishers Website :www.honeyrock.net
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Duration :10Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :Various
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

 Written to echo the warm, childlike nature of my black lab/springer spaniel mix, Four Sketches for Sam is loosely based on four of our experiences together. This piece uses modified applications of counterpoint, thematic textural interplay between the marimba and double tenor/tenor steel pans, and accessibility through consistent grooves and diatonicism to achieve that end.

First, Little Yellow Flowers exploits the textural melding of the two instruments and bantering counterpoint between them to emote the excitement Sam (my dog) felt upon discovering a field of new flowers in a new city. It is written to function as a scherzo, even though it is the first of the four sketches.

A Good Day was inspired by a very pleasant day spent at an agility event in which Sam performed particularly well. It is my role at these events to let my wife run him and to watch them from a distance so as to not distract his run. I’ve often found myself thinking a whole series of thoughts over the course of their runs, which is the reason for the clusters of ideas against each other, all the while combining to create a uniformed, pleasant experience.

While Silhouette is certainly the most intricate and aggressive sketch of the four, it is with good reason that it is so. Sam is at his most natural and executes so many incredible movements with ease when he is chasing rabbits, squirrels and the like in the woods. It takes the title because after he is set loose, I am only able to see glimpses of his silhouette through the brush and trees until he has had enough “hunting” and returns. Musically, this sketch reflects my ideal picture of how counterpoint can be applied in contemporary settings.

Dreamfields vaguely explores the question of what animals dream about. After any of these days together, Sam will normally fall asleep in our living room in a warm ball of fur, twitching periodically. He has the ability to relax more than any other creature I have ever seen on this planet because he spends his days living so emphatically. Even then, there is still a subtle current of energy in his rest, but it is a peaceful one. The delicate combination of the bowed marimba and brushes on the pan is meant to stand as the best realization of the textural interplay the previous three sketches introduced.

While most pan/marimba duets are essentially melody/harmony/bass-line exercises (and many are good ones, at that), Four Sketches for Sam is composed to move past the norm of a songo/montuno-based style of duet writing for pan and marimba. It is my sincere hope that you and the audience alike will find joy in the performance of this work.

Four Sketches for Sam took 3rd Place in the 2006 PAS Composition Contest.

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