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D'Rumpus - Gymnopédie I by Nate Bourg

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Gymnopédie IENSEMBLE PIECE

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Overview

Gymnopédie I was originally published by Erik Satie in 1888. At that time this style of music was a big departure from norm (there was a lot of "salon music" happening then), but why dive into the details here when you can read it all on the Wikipedia page?

The important thing to know now though is that Nate arranged a beautiful version of it using mallet and auxillary percussion. When we listen to this piece we're swept away to a park with a glassy pond, perhaps it's mid-spring with flowers on the trees and bright green grass on the ground, or maybe early fall with the colors just starting to turn... maybe a breeze in the air is rippling that glassy pond just a bit. It also reminds us of those feelings you get when you're watching the clouds go by, slowly changing shape reminding us of how all of our lives intertwine, sometimes for a while but sometimes for just a moment. What do you think of when you listen to it?

Composition Specs

DURATION:

2:52  

DIFFICULTY:

Novice

TEMPO:

84  

PERFORMERS:

8 - 13

INSTRUMENTATION:

Glockenspiel, Crotales, Chimes, Vibes (2), Marimba (2), Timpani, Finger Cymbals, Suspended Bass Drum, Suspended Cymbal, Tam Tam, Triangle, Wind Chimes

RUDIMENTS AND TECHNIQUES:

Legato, 2 Mallets, 4 Mallets, 4 Mallet - Double Verticals, 4 Mallet - Independent Strokes, Ripple Rolls