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Zivkovic-Ultimatum 2 (S-n2)-2M

Model: 1010

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ULTIMATUM II, (1994) for two marimbas  is a highly virtuoso composition in which the both players are  equal in importance and technical challenge. In fact,  this is a real sound of  ambitious and demanding competition ...
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ULTIMATUM II, (1994) for two marimbas  is a highly virtuoso composition in which the both players are  equal in importance and technical challenge. In fact,  this is a real sound of  ambitious and demanding competition between two instruments. The endless „ultimatums" that they give to each other are difficult technical tasks always solved by both of performers.  The piece is based on the combination of atonality and extremely expressive post-modern  tonality and probably  therefore close to the everyone's ear even if some of the virtuoso energetic licks required by the composer, might sound rough and contemporary. Piece consists of three attacca movements. First, written in the low register, is based on the intensive octave-melodies of both players followed by an incredible powerful chords and fast 32nds. The second one consists of a long-lines melodies which builds up from the low register, surrounded by silent "rain-like"  improvisation in a high register performed by player one. One glissando downwards leads into the third movement, which is an "angry whip" where above the constant 14/16 rhythm, player one performs an energetic solo.  After reaching a climax, both players meet each other and play an unison "broke up" of the high tension of this wildness.

Number of Players: 2
Level of Difficulty: Grade 5
Instrumentation:
Shared Bass Drum
  • Player I: Marimba 4.5 Oct.

  • Player I: Marimba 4.5 Oct.




  • 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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