Composer: Peter Klatzow

Title: Dances of Earth and Fire

This very difficult marimba solo was composed in 1987 specifically for Robert Van Sice. About the piece, Klatzow writes “These two ritualistic pieces reflect on the one hand the solidity and all-embracing gravity of the Earth itself, and the evanescent flickering of flame, which always seeks to rise upwards and escape into the beyond. These become metaphors for life and death, or earth-bound; spirit-bound forces.” Dances of Earth and Fire has become one of the staples of Marimba repertoire, and is suitable for any performance.

Annotated by Ethan Pani