For wind ensembles and concertos, please use one player per part. For symphonies and concert pieces, more players may be used as desired. David’s full statement.
The United States Air Force Band, Washington D.C.
8 November, 1990 by the United States Air Force Band, Steven Grime, conductor, Randall Eyles, solo marimba, for the Percussive Arts Society Convention in Philadelphia, PA.
This piece has more the nature of a fantasia than a classical concerto. It is in two large halves, the first very quiet and serene, devoted to rhapsodic melody and transparent textures, and the second starting with a huge dynamic build up and then moving through a relatively brief spurt of fast and fierce music before settling to a quiet and transcendent close.
Program note by David Maslanka
Notes for performers
This concerto was scored for the specific forces of the U.S. Air Force Band. The Air Force Band features three cellos. The cello sound is important to this score but the parts have been cued into other instruments for the convenience of bands that do not have cellos available to them.
This concerto was written for a five-octave marimba. Passages using the low octave may be adapted for smaller instruments. No amplification is needed for the marimba.
The solo marimba part has been edited by Randall Eyles.