Richard Trythall, composer

Sweet, Sweet Memories

 

            Sweet, Sweet Memories for four percussionists (Xylophone, Vibraphone and Marimba - two players) was completed in 2004. It was premiered in São Paulo, Brazil, at the "2° Encontro Internacional de Percussão" by the PIAP, Grupo de Percussao do Instituto de Artes da UNESP (Universidade Estadual Paulista "Júlio de MesquitaFilho, Campus de São Paulo), in September of 2005 under the direction of American percussionist John Boudler. Shortly thereafter the music was choreographed for the "Iadança” dance group of the same institution.

            Structurally Sweet, Sweet Memories is a set of variations and a fantasy on a theme by the “Easy Riders” (Gilkyson, Dehr and Miller) – “Memories are Made of This” (1955). The variations begin well before the theme is "born" and, following one complete statement,  gradually depart further and further from the original organization of the material leading ultimately in a dream-like fantasy to it's gradual disintegration. Emotionally Sweet, Sweet Memories is a full scale, narrative "tone poem" for mallet instruments that, taking it's cue from the song's "story line" outlining a lifetime of domestic family bliss, uses the repetition, fragmentation and harmonic re-ordering of the song's melodic material to trace its own joyful musical story of continuous motivic growth until the music’s “life cycle” has matured and crystallized in time as ...... "memories".

 

"Sweet, sweet memories you gave-a me
you can't beat the memories you gave-a me

Take one fresh and tender kiss,
Add one stolen night of bliss.
One girl, one boy, some grief, some joy,
Memories are made of this.

Don't forget a small moonbeam,
Fold in lightly with a dream
Your lips and mine, two sips of wine,
Memories are made of this.

Then add the wedding bells, one house where lovers dwell,
three little kids for flavor.
Stir carefully through the days, see how the flavor stays.
These are the dreams you will savor.

 

With His blessings from above,
Serve it generously with love.
One man, one wife, one love through life.
Memories are made of this.
Memories are made of this." 

 

    Sweet, Sweet Memories: Mp3(11 MB)      YouTube Video with score

 


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