Marimba: Exploring Expression

July 14, 2020 6:55 am

A PASIC 2014 Article

I’ll never forget walking the hallways of PASIC several years ago with Vida Chenoweth. If you are a percussionist/marimbist and unfamiliar with Vida Chenoweth, then I suggest that you run to your computer and Google Ms. Chenoweth now. She is credited with being the first ‘professional concert marimbist’ who raised the respect of the marimba equal to that of the violin and piano. In addition to these accomplishments, Vida was also an accomplished ethnomusicologist and linguist. I met Vida years ago through PAS and have always enjoyed our talks.

Anyway, we were walking to a clinic session of a popular marimba artist at PASIC. We arrived at the session and had to find a seat in the very back of the room. The hall was packed! As we were sitting down, Vida asked me, “Mark, what music will we be hearing at this session?” I told her that this artist had decided to present new transcriptions for solo marimba. These transcriptions were classical compositions written for other instruments and then adapted for the marimba. Vida quickly responded, “Are you kidding me? We’ve been there before. Let’s get out of here!” I agreed and we left to find a cup of tea.

During Vida’s marimba career most of the marimba solos available were classical transcriptions by composers such as Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, etc. There were very few original marimba compositions during this time. At that PASIC, Vida and I were only interested in hearing new music for the marimba, music that was designed to explore the expressive and engaging qualities of the instrument. Even if beautifully performed, the concept of a concert of only classical transcriptions seemed out-­dated and, well, non-innovative.

Imagine a time when marimba literature will be so accepted that performers decide to transcribe and arrange it for the piano or violin! Can you hear the violinist ask, ”Hmmm, how should we interpret that dead stroke?” Seriously, with artists like Vida and the multitude of performers that followed her, the classical marimba art form has grown in the past 50 years due to many remarkable marimbists commissioning new works and celebrated composers finding new voices for the marimba.

So if we are going to explore expression on the marimba through technique and new compositions, we will need to look at the recent activities of world-class marimbists and composers who promote the marimba through their music. It is important to have ‘icons’ in the marimba world like Vida Chenoweth. These artists push the boundaries of our art in emotional, expressive and, yes sometimes, technical aspects. We can agree or disagree with their artistic choices, but in the end these contemporary artists give our art direction and growth. It is important that we do not all take the same path. Rather, we should have an open mind and heart when exploring new music to see how this music expresses our culture, personalities and educational needs. In the end, it is the combination of all these artists, composers, educators, students and performers that create positive energy for the marimba and the need for more expressive literature.

It is my honor and privilege to have been invited to present a marimba clinic at PASIC 2014. One of my goals for this session is to offer ‘real information’ that those in attendance can take back home and put to use. I am in the process now of compiling a list of new compositions for solo marimba recommended by leading marimbists, composers and educators. There is so much activity in the marimba world now that it can be difficult to know about all of the recent works available. So this list will serve as an excellent resource for the near future. For those of you that cannot attend PASIC, I will make this clinic handout available on my web page, markfordmusic.com, after PASIC.

In addition to the list of new works above, my PASIC clinic will touch on tone production and expressive qualities needed to interpret musical phrasing. I will also perform some of my new works for marimba at this session including Moon Chasers, Infinite Energy and Morning Light. I look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis! Mark Ford is the coordinator of percussion activities at The University of North Texas in Denton, Texas and a Past–President of the Percussive Arts Society. He is a marimba specialist and the Artistic Director for the Polish Percussion Competition in Opole, Poland.

New Music For Marimba PASIC 2014

Prepared by Mark Ford

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Agudelo, VictorManuscript2009IntermediateAlejandro Ruiz/Orquesta filarmónica de Medellín and ARZ marimba school.
Alamo, JuanInnovative Percussion2009Juan Alamo, University of North Carolina
Albert, LudwigLudwig Albert Publisher2012AdvancedLudwig Albert, Royal Conservatorie AntwerpWebsite
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Albert, LudwigDhalmann Publications2012AdvancedLudwig Albert, Royal Conservatorie Antwerp
Aldridge, RobertEdition Peters2009AdvancedDane Richenson, Lawrence University Conservatory of Music
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Ung, Chinary
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Cangelosi, CaseySelf Published2010AdvancedEric Willie, Assistant Professor of Percussion UNCG
Cangelosi, CaseyCasey Cangelosi Music2014IntermediateJason Baker, Mississippi State UniversityWebsite
Cangelosi, CaseyCasey Cangelosi Music2011AdvancedCasey Cangelosi, Concord College
Cangelosi, CaseyCasey Cangelosi Music2009AdvancedStephen Crawford, Univesity of Mary Hardin-Baylor
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Jon Wacker, East Carolina University
Cangelosi, CaseyCasey Cangelosi Music2013AdvancedChal Ragsdale, University of Arkansas
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Carter, ElliotBoosey & Hawkes2009IntermediateMaike Truesdell, Rutgers University
Chang, Chiung-Ying2010AdvancedKai Stensgaard, FreelanceYouTube
Cheung, PiusPius Cheung2009AdvancedPius Cheung, University of OregonYouTube
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Alamo Juan, University of North Carolina
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Jason Huxtable, Maraca2
Kai Stensgaard, Freelance
Pius Cheung, University of Oregon
Website
YouTube
Cheung, PiusPius Cheung2004AdvancedPius Cheung, University of Oregon
Cheung, PiusPius Cheung2011AdvancedTim Palmer/ Maraca2
Cheung, PiusPius Cheung2013AdvancedPius Cheung, University of Oregon Casey Cangelosi, Concord CollegeYouTube
Cheung, PiusSelf Published2006AdvancedAkiko Goto, Freelance Percussion
Cheung, PiusSelf Published2007AdvancedAkiko Goto, Freelance Percussion
Eriko Daimo, Marimba soloist
Cheung, PiusPius Cheung2005AdvancedRebecca Kite, Marimba Soloist, Yamaha Performing Artist
Cheung, PiusPius Cheung2012AdvancedRebecca Kite, Marimba Soloist, Yamaha Performing Artist
Cilic, IcanaEdition Svitzer2011AdvancedJeff Moore, Central Florida
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Daughtrey, NathanC. Alan Publications2008Jon Wacker, East Carolina Univeristy
Eldridge, RyanForine Music2014AdvancedBrian West, Texas Christian University
Etezady, RoshanneSelf Published2007AdvancedGwen (Burgett) Dease – Michigan State Univesity
Fambrough, GeneSelf Published2014IntermediateGene Fambrough, University of Alabama at BirminghamYouTube
Fambrough, GeneSelf Published2014IntermediateGene Fambrough, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Fambrough, GeneSelf Published2014IntermediateGene Fambrough, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Ford, MarkInnovative Percussion2008AdvancedJim Lambert, Cameron University
Ford, MarkInnovative Percussion2005AdvancedMark Ford, University of North TexasYouTube
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Ford, MarkInnovative Percussion2012AdvancedMark Ford, University of North TexasYouTube
Ford, Mark Smith, EdInnovative Percussion2013AdvancedJim Lambert, Cameron UniversityYouTube
Fowler, PaulStudio 4 Music2002AdvancedNaoko Sharp, Marimba SoloistWebsite
Friedman, DavidNorsk Musikforlag2007AdvancedKatarzyna Mycka, Marimba Soloist
Fukushima, AikoEdition Svitzer2013AdvancedStephen Crawford, Univesity of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Galay, DanielEdition Svitzer2009IntermediateMatthew Coley, Iowa State UniversityWebsite
Georgiev, MartinManuscript2011AdvancedTatiana Koleva – ‘Youth Percussion Pool’, ‘Amsterdam Marimba Weekend’
Codarts Conservatory, Rotterdam, Prince Claus, Conservatory Groningen,
Gerassimez, AlexejEdition Svitzer2009IntermediateCasey Cangelosi, Concord College
Gibson, Robert2014Lee Hinkle, University of Maryland
Golinski, TomaszEdition Svitzer2012AdvancedJeff Moore, Central Florida
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Gudefin, JordanAlfonce A2010IntermediateWalter Mertens, Music Academy of Schoten (Antwerp) Belgium, YouTube
Hall, DavidC. Alan Publications2009AdvancedBrian West, Texas Christian UniversityWebsite
Harder, LaneAlternate Chords2013AdvancedBrian Nozny, Troy UniversitySoundCloud
Harnsberger, AndyParagon Percussion2010IntermediateGene Fambrough, University of Alabama at BirminghamWebsite
Harrison, Joel Bachovich Music Publications2007AdvancedAndrew Beall, composer, percussionist, entrepreneurYouTube
Hatzis, ChristosPromethean Editions2008AdvancedFernando Meza, University of Minnesota
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Hatzis, ChristosPromethean Editions2007AdvancedGary Cook, Emeritus University of Arizona; Artist in Residence,UNLV
Hause, EvanEvan Hause2004AdvancedRebecca Kite, Marimba Soloist, Yamaha Performing Artist
Hersch, FredEdition Peters2009IntermediateDane Richenson, Lawrence University Conservatory of Music
Hiromitsu, MayumiGerard Billaudot – Paris2002AdvancedFrederic Macarez, Orchestre de Paris, Paris Conservatory
Hurel, PhilippeLemoine2005AdvancedAndrew Bliss, neif-norf/ University of Tennessee
Iachimciuc, IgorSonic Inertia Publications2008IntermediateMatthew Coley, Iowa State UniversityWebsite
Ichiyanagi, ToshiSchott Music2012AdvancedAkiko Goto, Freelance Percussion
Ignatowicz-Glinska, AnnaNorsk Musikforlag2013AdvancedKatarzyna Mycka, Marimba Soloist
Imai, ShigeyukiJapan Federation of Composers2005AdvancedAkiko Goto, Freelance Percussion
Inamori, YasutakiStudio 4 Music2003AdvancedNaoko (Takada) Sharp, Marimba SoloistYouTube
Inamori, YasutakiStudio 4 Music2003AdvancedNaoko (Takada) Sharp, Marimba SoloistYouTube
Inamori, YasutakiStudio 4 Music2003AdvancedNaoko (Takada) Sharp, Marimba SoloistWebsite
Jolas, BetsyC.F Peters Corporation2009IntermediateLaurent Warnier, Joint Venture Percussion Duo
Kaiser, LeanderC. Alan Publications2008IntermediateDavid P. Eyler, Concordia College
Kaplan, AdolphoDhalmann2006AdvancedAndrew Bliss, neif-norf/ University of TennesseeWebsite
Klatzow, PeterPeter Klatzow2010AdvancedLisa Rogers, Texas Tech University
Chal Ragsdale, University of Arkansas
Eric Hollenbeck, Colorado State University
Website
Klatzow, Peter2010AdvancedWebsite
Klatzow, Peter2010AdvancedWebsite
Kolm, JonathonMostly Marimba2009IntermediateThad Anderson, University of Central Florida
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Greg Giannascoli, Juillard Pre-College, New Jersey City Univ.
YouTube
Kyriakides, YannisManuscript2004AdvancedTatiana Koleva – ‘Youth Percussion Pool’, ‘Amsterdam Marimba Weekend’
La Barbera, Johnbachovich Music Publications2007IntermediateAndrew Beall, composer, percussionist, entrepreneuYouTube
Lansky, PaulCarl Fischer2009AdvancedThad Anderson, University of Central Florida
Gwen (Burgett) Dease, Michigan State University
Eric Hollenbeck, Colorado State University
William Moersch, University of Illinois
Website
Larsen, LibbyLibby Larsen Publishing2010AdvancedFernando Meza, University of Minnesota
Larson, KeithC. Alan Publications2010IntermediateDavid P. Eyler, Concordia College
Le Siege, AnnetteSeesaw2007AdvancedGreg Giannascoli, Juilliard Pre-college, New Jersey City Univ. 
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Lesnik, IgorBing Bang Productions2013AdvancedLudwig Albert, Royal Conservatorie AntwerpWebsite
Lin, Chin ChengEdition Svitzer2014AdvancedNaoko (Takada) Sharp, Marimba SoloistWebsite
Lin, Chin ChengBing Bang Productions2013AdvancedEric Willie, Assistant Professor of Percussion UNCG
Lin, Chin ChengDhalmann Publications2013AdvancedEric Willie, Assistant Professor of Percussion UNCG
Lin, Chin ChengEdition Svitzer2012AdvancedNaoko (Takada) Sharp, Marimba SoloistWebsite
Lowry MarkC. Alan Publications2013IntermediateLisa Rogers, Texas Tech University
Macarez, FredericGerard Billaudot – Paris2004IntermediateFrederic Macarez, Orchestre de Paris, Paris Conservatory
Mackey, SteveEdition Peters2009IntermediateThad Anderson, University of Central Florida
Maraján, Casaba ZoltánEdition Svitzer2010AdvancedNebojsa Zivkovic
Irena Manolova, Lucid Duo
Marceau, Thomas R.HoneyRock2012AdvancedLisa Rogers, Texas Tech University
Mays, LyleC.F Peters Corporation2008AdvancedNancy Zeltsman, The Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music
Laurent Warnier, Joint Venture Percussion Duo
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McGuire, Kristen ShinerMedia Press2011AdvancedKristen Shiner McGuier, Nazareth College of Rochester
Mejia, AlfredoManuscript2010IntermediateAlejandro Ruiz/Orquesta filarmónica de Medellín and ARZ marimba school.
Mertens, WalterBeurskens2003BeginnerWalter Mertens, Music Academy of Schoten (Antwerp) Belgium, Website
Michalek, ShawnSelf Published2010AdvancedEric Willie, Assistant Professor of Percussion UNCG
Monkman, Jesse2008AdvancedJon Wacker, East Carolina Univeristy
Muramatsu, TakatsuguBeurskens Muzickuitgeverji2004AdvancedJuan Alamo, University of North Carolina
Naranjo, Valerie D.Mandara Music2008AdvancedValerite Naranjo, Freelance Percussion
Naranjo, Valerie D.Mandara Music2008AdvancedValerite Naranjo, Freelance PercussionYouTube
Naranjo, Valerie D.Mandara Music2008AdvancedValerite Naranjo, Freelance PercussionYouTube
Nishimura, AkiraZen-On2010AdvancedPedro Carneiro, Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa
Nozny, BrianManuscript2014AdvancedScott Herring, University of South Carolina
Nozny, BrianSelf Published2009IntermediateAndy Harnsberger, Lee University
O’Meara, RichMarimba Prodcutions/ Keyboard Pub2011AdvancedRich O’Meara, Composer/percussionistFacebook
Oliveira, João PedroMostly Marimba2001AdvancedPedro Carneiro, Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa
Osorio, Juan DavidManuscript2011AdvancedAlejandro Ruiz/Orquesta filarmónica de Medellín and ARZ marimba school.
Osorio, Juan DavidManuscript2008IntermediateAlejandro Ruiz/Orquesta filarmónica de Medellín and ARZ marimba school.
Pereira, JosephBachovich Music Publications2011AdvancedAndrew Beall, composer, percussionist, entrepreneurWebsite
Peruzzolo-Vieira, SamualSelf Published2007AdvancedEric Hollenbeck, Colorado State UniversityYouTube
Phelps, Benjamin2008Lee Hinkle, University of Maryland
Psathas, JohnPromethean Editions2008AdvancedOmar Carmenates, Furman University
Andy Harnsberger, Lee University
Brian Nozny, Troy University
Pedro Carneiro, Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa
Nebojsa Zivkovic
YouTube
Remington, JacobC. Alan Publications2010AdvancedBrian West, Texas Christian University
Rice, DwayneC. Alan Publications2012AdvancedBrian West, Texas Christian University
Richardson, PhilC. Alan Publications2010IntermediateGifford Howarth, Bloomsburg University
Rosauro, NeyPro Percussao Brasil/ Mallet Works Music2012IntermediateNey Rosauro. prof Emeritus of Percussion at University of Miami, FLYouTube
Sammut, EricNorsk Musikforlag2007AdvancedFernando Meza, University of Minnesota
Sammut, EricKeyboard Percussion Publications2010AdvancedJuan Alamo, University of North Carolina
Sciarrino, SalvatoreRaiTrade2004AdvancedAndrew Bliss, neif-norf/ University of Tennessee
Tomasz Golinsk, Lucid Duo
Sejourne, EmmanuelNorsk Musikforlag2011AdvancedJon Wacker, East Carolina University
Emmanuel Séjourné
Katarzyna Mycka, Marimba Soloist
Sejourne, EmmanuelNorsk Musikforlag2005AdvancedFernando Meza, University of Minnesota
Sejourne, EmmanuelAlfonce Productions2012AdvancedTatiana Koleva – ‘Youth Percussion Pool’, ‘Amsterdam Marimba Weekend’
Codarts Conservatory, Rotterdam, Prince Claus, Conservatory Groningen,
Séjourné, SejourneNorsk Musikforlag2007IntermediateEmmanuel Séjourné
Sekizawa, MayumiBachovich Music Publications2014IntermediateAndrew Beall, composer, percussionist, entrepreneurWebsite
Silverman, AdamAdam B. Silverman Music Pub2013AdvancedBrian Nozny, Troy University
Scott Herring, University of South Carolina
Andy Harnsberger, Lee University
Website
Simon, PaulC.F Peters Corporation2008IntermediateNancy Zeltsman, The Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music
Laurent Warnier, Joint Venture Percussion Duo
YouTube
Snowden, Stevenmanuscript2013AdvancedOmar Carmenates, Furman University
Mike Truesdell, Rutgers University
Website
Spencer, JuleNorsk Musikforlag2004AdvancedJulie Spencer, Freelance Musician, ComposerYouTube
Spencer, JuleNorsk Musikforlag2011AdvancedJulie Spencer, Freelance Musician Composer
Beverley Johnston, University of Toronto
YouTube
Spencer, JuleNorsk Musikforlag2005AdvancedJulie Spencer, Freelance Musician, ComposerYouTube
Spencer, JulieNorsk Musikforlag2004AdvancedJulie Spencer, Freelance Musician, Composer
Stensgaard, KaiMarimPercussion2010AdvancedKai Stensgaard, FreelanceYouTube
Stensgaard, KaiMarimPercussion2007IntermediateKai Stensgaard, FreelanceYouTube
Stopa, AlexTapspace2012AdvancedTim Palmer/ Maraca2
Stout, GordonManuscript2014AdvancedGordon Stout, Ithaca College
Stout, GordonManuscript2013IntermediateGordon Stout, Ithaca College
Stout, GordonManuscript2011AdvancedGordon Stout, Ithaca College
Stout, GordonKeyboard Percussion Publications2011AdvancedBill Rice, James Madison University
Stout, GordonManuscript2010AdvancedGordon Stout, Ithaca CollegeWebsite
Stucky, StevenPresser2012AdvancedMichael Burritt, Eastman School of MusicYouTube
Thornock, NeilSonic Inertia Publications2014IntermediateMatthew Coley, Iowa State UniversityWebsite
Trevino, IvanSelf Published2010IntermediateEric Willie, University of North Carolina Greensboro
Chal Ragsdale, University of Arkansas
Gene Fambrough, University Alabama at Birmingham
Website
Trevino, IvanSelf Published2007IntermediateEric Hollenbeck, Colorado State UniversityWebsite
Tyson, Blakemanuscript2006IntermediateOmar Carmenates, Furman University
Andy Harnsberger, Lee University
Website
Tyson, BlakeSelf Published2010IntermediateGene Fambrough, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Tywoniuk, DerekC.F Peters Corporation2008IntermediateNancy Zeltsman, The Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of MusicYouTube
Ung, ChinaryC.F Peters Corporation2009IntermediateBeverly Johnston, University of Toronto
Veldhuis, JacobterDonemus2009AdvancedTatiana Koleva – ‘Youth Percussion Pool’, ‘Amsterdam Marimba Weekend’
Viñao, AlejandroVINAO2012AdvancedJeff Moore, Central Florida
Michael Burritt, Eastman School of Music
Omar Carmenates, Furman University
YouTube
Viñao, AlejandroViNAO2001AdvancedNebojsa Zivkovic
Bill Rice, James Madison University
Welcher, Dan2013AdvancedBrian West, Texas Christian University
Whibley, StepehnTapspace2006AdvancedJason Huxtable, Maraca2
Wood, JamesManuscript2014AdvancedWilliam Moersch, University of Illinois
Zivkovic, NebojsaEdition Musica Europea2010AdvancedTomasz Golinsk, Lucid Duo
Jeff Moore, Central Flordia University
Irena Manolova, Lucid Duo
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