"A Cricket Sang and Set the Sun” by Blake Tyson

"A Cricket Sang and Set the Sun” by Blake Tyson


MARIMBA LITERATURE LIBRARY / GRADE 4

 

PERFORMED BY KELSEY TAMAYO


MALLETS USED IN THESE ETUDES INCLUDE:

Virtuoso Series


Designed for the solo marimba performer, the Virtuoso Series features a rubber core wrapped with a wool blend yarn for an especially warm and full-bodied sound. The 17″ handles are made of birch with a unique slip-resistant finish for excellent feel and enhanced control. A fine choice in ensemble settings as well!


ABOUT THE PIECE

A Cricket Sang and Set the Sun by Blake Tyson is a beautiful, lyrical piece for solo marimba. The opening passages of the piece ebb and flow and create a very reflective mood.

“This work takes its title from an Emily Dickinson poem that begins, “The cricket sang, And set the sun.” When I read these words, I was moved by the powerful ideas they evoked. It was not just the image of a beautiful and slowly shifting sunset that struck me, but the idea that something so small could affect something so large, that a cricket’s song could transform day into night. Although the piece is not directly based on the poem, I have tried to capture the sense of fascination, inspiration and beauty that these opening lines create.”

~ Blake Tyson

 

 

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