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for marimba

Year:  2001   ·  Duration:  10m
Instrumentation:  marimba (five-octave range)

Year:  2001
Duration:  10m
Instrumentation  marimba (five-octave range)

Gareth Farr

Composer:   Gareth Farr

Films, Audio & Samples

Gareth Farr: Tangaroa — VIDEO

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Gareth Farr: Tangaroa — VIDEO

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 21-22

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Throughout Polynesia, Tangaroa is the god of the sea. The sustaining life force of the cultures of this region (and the mythical origin of humanity), the mighty Pacific Ocean, is the inspiration for this work. In its surging ebb and flow, the music evokes the ocean in its many moods - from the gentle rippling of calm, sparkling waters to the turmoil of a chaotic storm.

Composed at the request of the American marimba player and Andy Harnsberger, Tangaroa is a virtuosic work in which a number of contemporary performances techniques are intentionally exploited.

from Tangaroa - Trust Records

Commissioned note

Composed at the request of Andy Harnsberger

Dedication note

for Andy Harnsberger

Performance history

12 Apr 2003: Performed by Andy Harnsberger (marimba); Preston Hall, Radford, Virginia, USA

30 May 2009: Bang Crash Splash! Percussion Marathon

Performed by Jeremy Fitzsimons

Performed by Andy Harnsberger (marimba) at Lee University

Performed by Kunihiko Komori in Toyko, 2006

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