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Encantada (Solo Vibraphone)


Genre: Vibraphone (4-mallet)
# of Players: 1
Level: Medium Difficult | Duration: 4:30
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2010

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    Based on material from the first movement of Daughtrey's Concerto for Vibraphone, this piece is filled with beautiful and memorable melodies.

    Genre: Vibraphone (4-mallet) | # of Players: 1
    Level: Medium Difficult | Duration: 4:30

    Solo Vibraphone (3-octave, optional 3.5-octave)

    Program Notes
    Encantada is based on harmonic material from the first movement of my Concerto for Vibraphone. The title (meaning "enchanted") is derived from the poem La Luz Encantada ("Enchanted Light") by Pablo Neruda, also used for the second movement of the vibraphone concerto.

    Ode to Enchanted Light by Pablo Neruda
    Under the trees
    light has dropped
    from the top of the sky,
    light like a green latticework of branches,
    shining on every leaf,
    drifting down like clean white sand.
    A cicada sends its sawing song
    high into the empty air.
    The world is a glass
    overflowing with water.

    While the piece is harmonically very chromatic, it is filled with beautiful, memorable melodies that attempt to capture the wonder of this poignant poem. The slow & rubato nature of Encantada is a very different representation of the poem than the vibe concerto, which is very bright & sparkling.

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    • "Encantada" by Nathan Daughtrey

      Performed by Jeff Hewitt MALLETS: #vfM226 - Ney Rosauro Signature M226 #vfM227 - Ney Rosauro Signature M227 ABOUT THE PIECE: Encantada (meaning "enchanted" in Spanish) might be considered the child of my new Concerto for Vibraphone. The harmonic material in the opening bars of the solo are taken from the 1st movement of the concerto while the title of the piece is taken from the 2nd movement, "Enchanted Light' (or "La Luz Encantada"). As I mentioned in an earlier post about the concerto, much of the repertoire for vibraphone is jazz-influenced because of the instrument's history (see Lionel Hampton & Milt Jackson for examples). This definitely extends to the solo repertoire, so I sought to create more of a concert piece. - Nathan Daughtrey ABOUT THE PERFORMER: Jeff Hewitt (D.M.A.) is a freelancing percussion educator and performer in Southern Arizona who has taught students at the collegiate, secondary, and elementary levels in Arizona and Kansas. He is also currently serving as the marketing, recruitment, and tour administrator for the World Percussion Group, a groundbreaking project directed by the Maraca2 Percussion Duo. Hewitt’s current research focuses on the objective grading of four-mallet solo vibraphone literature, a project that has spawned an extensive database containing pieces organized by difficulty level. Recent solo and chamber ensemble performances include appearances at the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, the McCormick Marimba Festival, and various universities throughout the United States. He also recently presented at the 2015 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) and the Arizona Music Educators Association Conference. His primary teachers have included Norman Weinberg, Julia Gaines, and Kurt Gartner. Hewitt earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona, a Master of Music degree from the University of Missouri, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Kansas State University. As an endorser of Vic Firth sticks and mallets, he is a member of their Young Artist Program and Education Team. Originally hailing from Overland Park, KS, Jeff currently resides in Tucson, AZ.
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