Notable Marimba Concertos
The first solo concerto, Concertino for Marimba, was composed by Paul Creston in 1940. Paul Creston was commissioned by Frederique Petrides to compose this work. The Concertino for Marimba was premiered on April 29, 1940 in the Carnegie Chamber Music Hall by marimba soloist Ruth Stuber Jeanne and the Orchestrette Classique directed by Frederique Petrides.
Marimbist Vida Chenoweth and the Orchestra of America premiered Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra, Op. 34 by Robert Kurka on November 11, 1959. This performance marked the first time that the marimba was invited onto Carnegie Hall.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra commissioned Maurice Wright to compose Concertpiece, for marimba and orchestra. Concertpiece was composed in 1993 and was premiered the following season by Boston Symphony Orchestra percussionist Will Hudgins.
The Oregon Symphony Orchestra commissioned Tomas Svoboda to compose Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra, Op. 148 in 1995, which it recorded and received in 2003 a Grammy Award nomination for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with Orchestra); James DePreist, cond.; Niel DePonte, marimba.
Partial List of Marimba Concertos
|Composer||Dates||Title of Concerto||Date Composed||Grade Level/Difficulty|
|James Basta||Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra|
|Andrew Beall||Testament: Symphony for Marimba and Orchestra||2004|
|Scott Blasco||Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra||2003|
|Bradley G. Bodine||b. 1960||Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra|
|Akira Ifukube||1914-2006||Lauda concertata for marimba and orchestra||1979|
|Michael Burritt||Concerto for Marimba|
|Casey Cangelosi||Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra, No. 2||2008||Advanced ||
|Paul Creston||1906-1985||Concertino for Marimba||1940|
|Emma Lou Diemer||1927||Concerto in One Movement for Marimba and Orchestra|
|Eric Ewazen||1954||Concerto for Marimba||1999|
|Evan Hause||Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra||1994|
|Felix Herron||1997-||Marimba Concerto||2015|
|Robert Kurka||1921-1957||Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra, Op. 34||1959|
|Libby Larsen||Marimba Concerto: After Hampton||1992|
|David Long||1950||Concerto for Marimba & Concert Piece for Marimba and Orchestra|
|Lior Navok||b.1971||...of weaving the shadowed waves - for two marimbas and chamber orchestra||2003|
|Kevin Puts||Marimba Concerto|
|Ryan Elvert||1994||Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra||2016|
|Julie Spencer||Waterfalls for Marimba and Orchestra|
|Tomáš Svoboda||b.1939||Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra, Op. 148||1995|
|Noah D. Taylor||1982||Concerto No. 1 in D minor for||2003|
|Andrew Thomas||1939||Loving Mad Tom||2002|
|John Thrower||Rhythms of Life||2005|
|Mark Lanz Weiser||Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra||1996|
|Emmanuel Séjourné||Double Concerto for Vibraphone, Marimba and Orchestra||2012|
|Emmanuel Séjourné||Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra||2005|
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