The lonelyness of Santa Claus

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Fredrik Andersson

General Info

Year: 1995
Duration: c.11:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: PM Europe Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $24.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Player I: Marimba
Player II: Marimba

Program Notes

the lonelyness of Santa Claus was originally commissioned by RE:Percussions in 1994. Like my trio imagine there was nothing for bells, 2 vibes and marimba, and my solo marimba work not everything which happens is in the newspaper, the lonelyness of Santa Claus is an exploration of sound and silence combined with lush harmonies. The simplicity and modality of the melodic material is reminiscent of Gregorian chant. There is intimacy and space within the piece which brings forward the natural resonance, nuance, and beauty of the marimba. The piece could be considered as a contemplation/meditation for musician, listener, room, and of course, time. About the titles of my music, it is worth mentioning that those should be seen as an introduction to a certain kind of atmosphere that comes along with the music. Therefore, it is possible to end up with several ‘entrances’ to the actual sense of the piece.[1]




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Works for Percussion by this Composer

the existential bliss of water passing under bridges - Marimba
imagine there was nothing - Percussion Trio
the lonelyness of Santa Claus - Marimba Duo
Natural Strange Days - Steel Drum; Electronics
not everything which happens is in the newspaper - Marimba

Additional Resources - Dissertation on Fredrik Andersson


  1. Program note for the lonelyness of Santa Claus provided to Gregrey Secor by Andersson for inclusion in the 2006 PAS Focus Day program. Percussive Arts Society New Music/Research Committee. Percussion 2, 3, 4: Chamber Music for Percussion. PAS Focus Day program notes (Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Austin, TX, Nov, 2006).