Carnival in Croydon
13th November 2006
The piece is designed as “a celebration of life”, and was inspired by Mozart’s two visits to the Munich carnival in 1774 and 1781, and also the Mozartian notion of a brilliant solo part in lively and cheerful dialogue with the orchestra. As Koppel says “the marimba is an instrument, which is – just as the fortepiano was in Mozart’s days – a modern instrument in a stage of development”. Koppel has been at the forefront of the instrument’s development, having completed no less than six concertante marimba works and numerous chamber pieces.