In the mid-1920s, legendary American composer George Gershwin wrote a collection of musical preludes. Characteristic of the “Roaring Twenties,” these beloved works draw from a diverse set of influences, including Jazz, Latin, and Eastern European Jewish folk music. Now, Daniel Lesieur has faithfully adapted them for keyboard percussion duo in a three-movement work: The Gershwin Preludes.
All three movements maintain the integrity and energy of the original piano solos, with all musical lines carefully orchestrated for modern percussion instruments. The first and third movements are arranged for marimba duet; the second, for marimba and vibraphone. Any of these Preludes may be performed as a set or individually. Lesieur’s arrangement allows performers to display a mastery of musical expression and responsibility – perfect for recitals, contests, or pure entertainment!