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Notes by the composer, Peter Jarvis:

Satie’s Hammock, Op. 16 was completed on May 16, 2011 and is dedicated to virtuoso percussionist Payton MacDonald. Over the years Payton has commissioned several composers to write marimba solos for him in an effort to proliferate the literature for the instrument. I am delighted to be among those having the opportunity to be involved in Payton’s contribution to music.

According to the program notes found in NAXOS CD 8.550698: Satie - Piano Works Vol. 3, Erik Satie, while living in a poor and relatively remote district of Paris, sustained a life of simplicity in a room furnished with a chair, table and hammock. In the winter he apparently heated his hammock by placing bottles filled with hot water under it, which according to Igor Stravinsky looked like some strange kind of marimba. It is from Stravinsky’s observation of Satie’s sleeping space that the title of Satie’s Hammock is derived.

Contained in my piece are brief quotes of music by both Satie and Stravinsky. Manipulated beyond recognition, these quotes serve as homage rather than meaningful musical references.


from Solo Marimba Commissions vol. 2, released May 17, 2016
Payton MacDonald, marimba
composed by Peter Jarvis
Recorded by Colin Rieser



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Payton MacDonald New York, New York

Payton MacDonald (b. 1974) is a percussionist, singer, composer, and educator. He studied music at the University of Michigan and the Eastman School of Music. He is currently a professor at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. He frequently tours as a marimba soloist. ... more

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