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Balázs Árpád: Rhapsody

for cimbalom or marimba and concert band

score and parts

Setting: Concert Band
Instrumentation: picc, 4 fl, 2 ob, 12 cl in Bb, 2 cl b in Bb, 2 fg, 2 sax a, 2 sax t, sax b, 4 cor, cimb or mar, 4 crnt, baritone horn in Bb, 2 euf, 6 tr in Bb, 6 trb, 2 tb, cb, timp, tamb mil, gr c
Series: EMB Concert Band Series
Genre: Band Music
Period: Contemporary Music
Language: Hungarian, English
Grade: 4
Duration: 11'
Length: 276 pages
Format: Bach (23 x 30,2 cm)
Published: February 2023
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Editio Musica Budapest
Item number: 15167SET
Other reference: 15167
ISMN: 9790080305775
Árpád Balázs (*1937) composed the first version of Rhapsody for Hungarian cimbalom and concert band in 2001; in 2021, on the encouragement by a Japanese marimba player he arranged the solo part for marimba, and therefore the opportunities for the work to be played have significantly widened. The Rhapsody follows the one-movement structure created by Franz Liszt. The beginning solo section of the cimbalom (or marimba) returns before the coda as a pillar of the form. The composition, which can be divided into five sections, develops and works with a Lydian tetrachordal motif (G-A-B-C sharp) in different characters, stretching the span of music from a simple, children's song-like appearance to an obstinate ritual dance. In conclusion, the Rhapsody is a passionately emotional lyric orchestral poem rich in colours and characters, which has a place on the repertoire of every concert band playing quality music.

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