"Before I Sleep" is a lyrical intermediate 4-mallet solo for 4.3 Marimba. It is tailored towards players who have mastered the basic techniques and want to challenge and expand their musicality.
The inspiration for „Before I Sleep“ came from multiple places. I wanted to capture the circling thoughts that sometimes keep us awake at night. We toss them around in our head, aimlessly following the stream of consciousness with only little actual progress made, until we finally drift off to sleep.
I also love to write music at night, when the world seems quiet and at peace. It gives me the opportunity to take a step back, to remove myself from everything that kept me busy during the day. This state of mind is reflected in some of the musical ideas in this piece as well.
Lastly, I drew inspiration from themes of rest and longing found in the poem „Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening“ by Robert Frost. I highly recommend it, and it's the root of the bittersweetness that can also be felt in „Before I Sleep“.
Sheet music available here: www.danieleisenhardt.de/works.html
The recording was again filmed at the beautiful and newly renovated Laurentius Church in Hemmingen, Germany. It even has a Wikipedia-page: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurentiuskirche_(Hemmingen)