CONCERTO Nº2 FOR MARIMBA (with Full Orchestra, String Orchestra, Wind Ens. or Perc.Ens.)

Opus #34

In 3 movements. A step forward from the first marimba concerto. Scored for full orchestra, the solo part is more difficult than the first concerto and requires a five octave marimba. A gorgeous piece that displays the soloist’s energy, technique and musicality.

Level: Advanced

Duration: 24 min.

Available for:

For Solo Marimba (low C) and Full Symphony Orchestra (Rental material only)
2fl (picc), 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn, 4 hn, 2tpt, 2tbn, tba, timp, perc, strings
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For Solo Marimba with String Orchestra (score and parts for sale in PDF format)

For Solo Marimba and Wind Ensemble (score and parts for sale in PDF format)
picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, ehn, 2 cl, bcl, 2 bsn, cbsn, 2 asax, tsax, 2 hn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, euph, tba, cb, timp, 3

For Solo Marimba with Large Percussion Ensemble (8-9 players) (Hard copy)
glock, xyl, vib, mrb, pno, perc, drums, timp, cb
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For Solo Marimba with Piano (Hard copy)
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Program Note

The Concerto Nº2 for Marimba was originally written for five octave marimba and full symphony orchestra. The work was composed during the summer of 2001 and was sponsored by a grant from the University of Miami. The concerto lasts approximately 24 minutes and is dedicated to the marimba virtuoso Keiko Abe. The concerto is written in three movements:

I) Water Running in High Mountain has two contrasting themes and depicts the way water makes its path down rocky mountain slopes.

II) Reflections and Dreams starts with a quote from J.S. Bach and develops into a romantic and somewhat mystical atmosphere. Later, a new theme in a lively and contrasting tempo is introduced, which serves as a motive for a fugato movement that is developed before the main themes return.

III) Walking on Clouds has a lively tempo, but its soft melody and rhythmic structure in a 5/4 meter evokes an image of music coming from the clouds. The fugato idea that appears in the second movement returns in this movement before the solo cadenza. In the cadenza, the wooden sound played with the rattan handles of the sticks depicts an old tradition of African balaphones. A quote from a Keiko Abe theme follows, and excerpts of the main themes of the concerto reappear. After the re-exposition of the main themes, a coda using the same vigorous motive from the introduction concludes the work in an uplifting mood.

Concerto Nº2 for Marimba and String Orchestra. Katarzyna Mycka, soloist




Concerto Nº2 for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble

CONCERTO Nº2 FOR MARIMBA (with Full Orchestra, String Orchestra, Wind Ens. or Perc.Ens.)


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Solo Marimba and Orchestra

Available as rental material.
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Solo Marimba and Large Percussion Ensemble, Solo Marimba and Piano

Available in hard copy through the major percussion sellers.
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