Marimba concerto

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A marimba concerto is a musical composition written for a marimba soloist and a large ensemble such as an orchestra, wind band, or a chamber music ensemble.

Notable Marimba Concertos[edit]

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[edit]

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[1] 1996
Emmanuel Séjourné Double Concerto for Vibraphone, Marimba and Orchestra 2012
Emmanuel Séjourné Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra 2005

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Editions Bim | Mark Lanz Weiser, Concerto for marimba and string orchestra or piano reduction". www.editions-bim.com. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  2. ^ Strain, James A. "Vida Chenoweth". www.pas.org. Percussive Arts Society. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  3. ^ "BSO Commissions". www.bso.org. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Focus Day 2011: Five Decades of New Music for Percussion: 1961–2011" (PDF). Percussive Arts Society. Retrieved 20 November 2014.