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Fragment (Arr. Fitzsimons)

by John Psathas | Vibraphone and Marimba

concerto, Zahara, which

concerto, Zahara, which he first performed with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Atherton, at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand on 22 September 2006. In 2008, Chamber Music New Zealand commissioned Psathas to write a string quartet, A Cool Wind, for the world renown Takács Quartet, who presented the first performance in the Auckland Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand on 23 July 2008. Psathas’ recent career highlights include the creation of key ceremonial music for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and more recently Zeibekiko, an entire programme of music celebrating the heritage of Greek music from antiquity and the present day. Zeibekiko was commissioned by the Eduard van Beinum Foundation at the request of the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble and toured Holland in 2004. It was a highlight of both the 2004 Bath Festival (UK) and the 2006 New Zealand International Festival of the Arts. Psathas’ inclination to work in a collaborative capacity with artists from a wide range of musical genres and backgrounds has resulted in projects such as Elect the Dead Symphony with Serj Tankian, and Pounamu with New Zealand roots musician Warren Maxwell. In 2011, Psathas produced his first film score for the feature-film, Good for Nothing, and further film music followed with White Lies in 2013. Psathas’ involvement with Booktrack—a company focused on developing synchronised soundtracks for eBooks—saw the opportunity to write music for the Salman Rushdie novel, In the South. Psathas has received a number of awards and honours, including twice winning the SOUNZ Contemporary APRA Silver Scroll Award (2002 and 2004) for individual works and taking three Classical CD of the Year awards (2000, 2004 and 2007) in the NZ Music Awards. In 2003 he was made a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate and in 2005 was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM). In 2014 Victoria University of Wellington awarded Psathas a Higher Doctorate in the degree of Doctor of Music (DMus) for the immense body of work he has contributed to his field. Latest information about the composer may be found at PE089 – iv

Fragment (2001, 2005) This short work is an adaptation of a piano duet originally composed to commemorate the occasion of the retirement of Psathas’ first piano teacher, Peter Williams. At the time of its composition, Psathas was engaged in writing his double concerto for percussion, piano and orchestra, View from Olympus (PE073), and in mood and musical material, Fragment is related to the second movement of that work (in fact, it forms an optional encore to the concerto). Gentle and reflective, Fragment is a simple and tranquil meditation in which gently pulsing marimba chords provide hushed support to the vibraphone’s delicate melody. This arrangement of Fragment was arranged by percussionist Jeremy Fitzsimons. Fitzsimons first performed the work with Kristie Ibrahim, together as Double Lateral, in the Ilott Theatre, Wellington Town Hall, Wellington, New Zealand on 2 October 2005. The piano duet version of Fragment is published in the fourth volume of Promethean Editions’ Firestarters series (PE097). Performance notes • Mallet choice is to be determined by the performer. • A loose-leaf version of the score is enclosed to be used by the marimba player. PE089 – v

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