WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCE
“Serenata”
for Marimba/Vibraphone and Orchestra

by NEY ROSAURO

Vic Firth is excited to bring you a video of Ney Rosauro performing his latest composition on its June 18th, 2007 World Premiere, along with The Orquestra do Theatro Sao Pedro in Porto Alegre, Brazil, conducted by Antonio Carlos Cunha. Published by PROPERCUSSAO Brazil and distributed by MalletWorks Music, “Serenata” strikes the perfect balance between virtuosity, lyricism and musicality.


Performance Notes and Video Links

”This composition is dedicated to my late mother Nylsa Luzzi Rosauro, who played the piano and instilled in me a love of music along with other beautiful things.” – Ney Rosauro

 I) The Continent
My family is from Rio Grande do Sul (the southern most Brazilian state). Movement 1 is based on the rhythm of Guarania. Guarania is one of the most popular styles from this region of South America, called Saint Peter’s Continent by the early settlers. After an energetic and virtuosic introduction the first part of theme A is presented with chords and melody that suggest tension and instability. The mood created evokes the emotions of a mother constantly worried over the well being of her children. During the second part of theme A this tension is resolved and a new melody that is presented (*Leitmotiv 1) will be used throughout the piece. After the bridge theme B (*Leitmotiv 2) is introduced and like Leitmotiv 1 it will reemerge in other movements. Following an elaborate solo interlude on the vibes and marimba, themes A and B are restated and the same chromatic material from the introduction closes the movement.
 II) In Heaven
Movement II starts and finishes with two canticles of the catholic church – “In Heaven” and “Heavenly Mother.” I composed this music while taking long walks through the city of Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil) during the last weeks of my mother’s life. The marimba cadenza has roots in the prayer “Gloria ao Pai” (Glory to the Father) and was inspired by an old choral composition of mine.

 III) The Journey
Movement III celebrates life. A joyful introduction preceeds the lively main theme in a 12/8 time signature. After the main theme exposition the bridge gives way to Leitmotiv 2 leading to a musical clímax. A capacious cadenza allows the soloist to explore variations on Leitmotiv 1 with intermittent orchestral accompaniment. Movement III concludes with a recapitulation of the central themes and motives followed by primary rhythmic passages from the introduction.

 IV) Finale
The Finale springs from variations of Leitmotiv 1. The shafts of the vibraphone mallets are employed to suggest the sounds of music boxes and church bells. The work concludes with a gradual decrescendo of seven long notes bowed on the vibraphone. The final note fades away like a last breath.

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CHECK OUT NEY’S SIGNATURE LINE VIC FIRTH PRODUCTS:

Ney Rosauro designed this special series of marimba and vibraphone mallets to reflect the sound he desires for his award winning compositions. Rattan shafts and rubber cores coupled with special yarn and cord choices assure the player of a pure and natural sound that projects the full capabilities of the instrument.

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT VIDEO
Ney shares his thoughts behind the design of his signature keyboard mallets!



For Marimba:
Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Soft. For rich bass and well defined fundamental in the lower register. With rattan shafts.
L = 16 3/4"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Soft. For rich bass and well defined fundamental in the lower register. With birch shafts.
L = 16 3/4"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Medium Soft. Produces a warm and round sound while maintaining clear articulation. With rattan shafts.
L = 16 3/4"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Medium Soft. Produces a warm and round sound while maintaining clear articulation. With birch shafts.
L = 16 3/4"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Medium Hard. A versatile and general mallet that produces full and natural sound throughout the entire keyboard. With rattan shafts.
L = 16 3/4"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Medium Hard. A versatile and general mallet that produces full and natural sound throughout the entire keyboard. With birch shafts.
L = 16 3/4"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Hard. Cuts well‚ but still maintains a pure fundamental sound. With rattan shafts.
L = 16 3/4"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Hard. Cuts well‚ but still maintains a pure fundamental sound. With birch shafts.
L = 16 3/4"
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For Vibraphone:
Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Soft. Designed specifically for the low register of the extended range vibraphone.
L = 15 3/4"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Medium. For full and extremely rich sound throughout the keyboard.
L = 15 3/4"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Hard. A heavier mallet that provides more articulation and is ideal for large halls.
L = 15 3/4"
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Hybrid:
Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
General. An all purpose mallet for rich‚ full sound on any keyboard.
L = 16 1/4"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Very Hard. A very articulate and extremely powerful mallet.
L = 16 1/4"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Snare Stick (SNR)
Featues an elongated tip with increased surface area for enhanced sound quality. long taper provides excellent rebound. Hickory
L = 16.56" | Dia. = .600"
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