Concerto for Marimba and Band

Concerto for Marimba and Band 2017-03-13T23:02:15+00:00

Project Description

Solo Marimba and Wind Ensemble
20 min.

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University of Arizona Wind Ensemble, Gregg I. Hanson, cond., Drew Lang, Marimba
On the album Maslanka: Concertos (2000)

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Preview Score

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Solo Mar | Picc Fl-3 Ob-2(2»EH) EbCl Cl-3 BCl CbCl Bsn-2 Cbsn ASx-2 TSx BSx | Hn-4 Crt-3 Tpt-2 Tbn-2 BTbn Euph-2 Tuba-2 | Vc-3 DB | Hp Timp Perc-3

  • Solo Marimba
  • Piccolo
  • Flute (3)
  • Oboe (2), (2 doubles English Horn)
  • Clarinet in E♭
  • Clarinet in B♭ (3)
  • Bass Clarinet in B♭
  • Contrabass Clarinet in B♭
  • Bassoon (2)
  • Contrabassoon
  • Alto Saxophone (2)
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Horn in F (4)
  • Cornet (3)
  • Trumpet in B♭ (2)
  • Trombone (2)
  • Bass Trombone
  • Euphonium (2) (sub. Baritone if needed)
  • Tuba (2)
  • Violoncello (3)
  • Double Bass
  • Harp
  • Timpani
  • Required Percussion (3 players)
    • Vibraphone
    • Bass Drum
    • Snare Drum
    • Crash Cymbals
    • Tom-toms (4) (2 bongos, med. tom, tenor drum)
    • Xylophone
    • Suspended Cymbal (3 lg.)
    • Gong (med.)
    • Sleigh Bells
    • Glockenspiel
    • Crotales
    • Tam-tam
    • Ratchet
    • Chimes
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.

Commissioned by

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.

Program Note

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.

Further Reading

  • David Maslanka: Music for Young Wind Ensembles

David Maslanka: Works for Younger Wind Ensembles

16 July 2015|0 Comments

Here are more than twenty works for wind ensemble, arranged in approximate ascending order of difficulty, with commentary by David Maslanka

  • Mark Morette and David Maslanka

Recording the Wind Ensemble Music of David Maslanka

25 February 2015|0 Comments

Mark Morette of Mark Custom Recording shares his extensive experience in recording wind ensembles.