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Zivkovic-Castle of the Mad King, The -P OS

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THE CASTLE OF THE MAD KING (1998/99) is an energetic "tour-de-force" multi-percussion piece written for the special large set-up that includes some unusual instruments like Japanese Uchwa-daikos, Earth-plates, Aluminium tubes or Schlitztro...
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THE CASTLE OF THE MAD KING (1998/99) is an energetic "tour-de-force" multi-percussion piece written for the special large set-up that includes some unusual instruments like Japanese Uchwa-daikos, Earth-plates, Aluminium tubes or Schlitztrommel. This over 15 minutes long piece does not require the use of mallet instruments as did Zivkovic's earlier multi-percussion compositions. The only tuned instrument here is one low octave of crotales. According to the composer  - this huge percussion set-up is treated as one complex instrument that offers plenty of different sound effects like, for example, organ. Because of this characteristic Zivkovic is about to write in the future more pieces for this "Mad King instrument". Idea of the composition is achieving the balance between controlled content and improvisation, accomplished through shifts of energetic and aggressive, lyric and meditative parts. This piece, with its imaginative title, is in fact a picture of the author's sound castle where, behind the walls, the listener discovers the „dwelling" of rage, joy, longing, laughter and feelings which is almost forbidden to talk about.

-NJZ

Number of Players: 1
Level of Difficulty: Grade 5
Instrumentation:
  • Player I: 2 China Cym, 22 China Gliss Gong, 4 Cymbals, 1 Tam, 1 Thunder sheet, 1 Rain Stick, 2 Metal Tubes, 1 Splitdrum, 1 Bass drum with Pedal, 5 Toms, 5 Woodblocks, Low Octave Crotales, 5 Earth Plates, 2 Small Opera Gongs, Mixed Bamboo and Metal Wind Chimes





  • Hailed by the critics as one of the most unique and expressive artists in the field today, a composing virtuoso Zivkovic is recognized as one of the worlds top marimba and percussion soloists. He embodies a very rare tradition: the tradition the composer and virtuoso in one person, which was common in the 19th century among famous concert artists. 
    Zivkovic completed his master's degrees in composition, music theory and percussion in Mannheim and Stuttgart, Germany. He tours extensively throughout Europe, and performs frequently in the USA, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Latin America, Russia and Scandinavian countries. As a soloist, mostly with his own Marimba concertos, Zivkovic played among other with Stuttgart Philharmonic, Munich Symphonic, Bochum Phiharmonic, Austrian Chamber Symphony, Hannover Radio Symphony, Bielefeld Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Costa Rica, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra (Finland) Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. 
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