in manus tuas by Caroline Shaw, arr. Abby Fisher
'In manus tuas is based on a 16th century motet by Thomas Tallis. While there are only a few slices of the piece that reflect exact harmonic changes in Tallis' setting, the motion (or lack of) is intended to capture the sensation of a single moment of hearing the motet in the particular and remarkable space of Christ Church in New Haven, Connecticut. In manus tuas was written in 2009 for cellist Hannah Collins, for a secular solo cello compline service held in the dark, candlelit nave.' - Caroline Shaw
I first heard in manus tuas performed by cellist Ashlee Booth in Knoxville, Tennessee. While experiencing the performance, I imagined how it would feel to play the piece on marimba. The flowing arpeggiated chords and lush harmonies seems like a natural fit. I was also intrigued by the extended cello techniques Shaw used and was excited to figure out how to translate them to marimba. The vocalizations in the piece work well in conjunction with the marimba’s tone, and—personally—fit into my continued goals of performing percussion works with voice.
I am grateful for Caroline Shaw’s permission and encouragement to arrange and perform her work on marimba. I created the arrangement and recorded the piece in 2021. This arrangement is for solo 5 octave marimba and voice.
Score engraved by Lawton Hall