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Concerto No. 2 for Marimba & Wind Ensemble

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Genre: Solo Marimba with Band
# of Players: Standard + 1
Level: 5 | Duration: 23:00
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2008

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    An intriguing, engaging, and challenging piece. Gillingham's Concerto No. 2 for Marimba is a must-try for all marimbists! The breakneck first movement sets a rapid pace for the turbulent musical passages throughout. Musical themes return in the second movement, but much slower with a delicate ensemble accompaniment. The lively third movement flirts with meter changes and mixed meter to create a sprightly feel to the movement leading to the solo cadenza and finale.

    Genre: Solo Marimba with Band | # of Players: Standard + 1
    Level: 5 | Duration: 23:00

    Instrumentation
    Piccolo
    Flute 1/2
    Oboe 1/2
    Bassoon 1/2
    Clarinet in Bb 1/2
    Clarinet in Bb 3
    Bass Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone 1/2
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    Trumpet in Bb 1
    Trumpet in Bb 2/3
    Horn in F 1/3
    Horn in F 2/4
    Trombone 1/2
    Bass Trombone
    Euphonium
    Tuba

    Contrabass

    SOLO MARIMBA

    Piano

    Timpani
    Percussion 1 (Bells, Brake Drum)
    Percussion 2 (Vibraphone, Suspended Cymbal, Crash Cymbals, Xylophone)
    Percussion 3 (Brake Drum, Tambourine, Suspended Cymbal, Crash Cymbals, Tam-Tam)
    Percussion 4 (4 Tom-Toms, Bass Drum)

    Program Notes
    The Concerto No. 2 for Marimba is a commission by a consortium of schools and performers headed by Professor Marc Wooldridge of Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa.

    The work exploits the full range of the technical and expressive ability of the five-octave concert grand marimba. It is cast in the standard three-movement format. The first movement uses sonata-rondo form and begins with a slow introduction and quasi-cadenza by the marimba. An animated first theme follows in G-minor accompanied by clarinets and tambourine. A contrasting second theme area follows featuring chromatic mediant progressions and descending chromatic lines. The return of the first theme utilizes a slightly different accompaniment. The development section reworks all the thematic material in different guises. The recapitulation presents the first theme, verbatim, as it was in the exposition. The second theme, however, changes the mode to major. The return alternates the marimba on the theme with the winds playing the theme in augmentation. The marimba quietly ends the movement with an ascending and descending arpeggiated passage.

    The second movement is a chaconne with eight variations. The marimba states a rather haunting chorale-like melody in Bb minor. The first variation features the low brass on the chaconne theme with the marimba on the variation. Variation II uses marimba, clarinet, bells, and vibraphone and Variation III uses marimba, oboe, and horns. Cascading muted brass against the augmented chaconne theme in the flutes and clarinets are indicative of Variation IV. Variation V changes the slow pace to fast using marimba, brass, timpani, and bells. A haunting Variation VI utilizes bowed marimba on the chaconne theme accompanied by piano and bells. Variation VII features the low brass on the chaconne theme against triplets in the upper brass. Rolled arpeggiated chords highlight Variation VIII along with a solo alto saxophone on the second half of the variation. A somber coda brings the movement to a close.

    The third movement, like the first, is in sonata-rondo design and is cyclic, bringing back and combining the thematic material of the first and second movements. The first theme, in D-minor, is angular and spirited, accompanied by clarinets and tambourine (reminiscent of Mvt. I). The second theme brings back the second theme of the first movement followed by the return of the first theme, now accompanied by saxophones and tambourine. The development combines and works thematic material from all three movements of the concerto. The recapitulation begins with the bassoons on the first theme, followed by the horns/trumpets and finally, the marimba. The second theme brings back the chaconne of the second movement, this time in major with the marimba accompanying using rhythmic material taken from the first theme of the third movement. There is no formal return of the first theme. Instead, the marimba plays a cadenza in which the first theme material and the second movement chaconne are developed. A galloping presto (coda) follows, ending the movement in D major.

    - David R. Gillingham

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    • Gillingham Concerto No. 2 for Marimba, performed by Dr. Brad Meyer

      Performance Spotlight with Dr. Brad Meyer performing David Gillingham's "Concerto No. 2 for Marimba and Wind Ensemble" along with the Stephen F. Austin University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Fred J. Allen. Mallet Selection: Robert Van Sice Signature Series M121 - M 126 About the soloist: Dr. Brad Meyer (www.Brad-Meyer.com) is a percussion educator, artist, and composer with an extensive and diverse background. Currently, Brad is the Director of Percussion Studies at Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX) where he directs the percussion ensemble, steel band (“Jacks of Steel”), and teaches private percussion lessons. Dr. Meyer frequently tours to universities and high schools both nationally and internationally to present recitals, workshops, masterclasses, and clinics on various topics, including: electro-acoustic percussion, contemporary marimba, concert snare drum, marching percussion, percussion ensemble, steel band, and world music. His international performances and clinics have taken him to Austria, Taiwan, France, South Africa, and Slovenia. Brad has been an active presenter/performer at numerous festivals and conventions, including: Texas Music Educators Association’s national convention, Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention, International Computer Music Conference, Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States’ Convention, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Graz’s (Austria) Night of Percussion, Chiayi’s (Taiwan) International Band Festival, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’s Intermedia Festival, and Transylvania University’s Studio 300 Festival. Dr. Meyer was also a faculty member at the prestigious and historic Interlochen Arts Camp in 2015. Brad is a composer with several compositions for snare drum, multi-percussion, and percussion ensembles published through Bachovich Publications. About the piece: An intriguing, engaging, and challenging piece. Gillingham's Concerto No. 2 for Marimba is a must-try for all marimbists! The breakneck first movement sets a rapid pace for the turbulent musical passages throughout. Musical themes return in the second movement, but much slower with a delicate ensemble accompaniment. The lively third movement flirts with meter changes and mixed meter to create a sprightly feel to the movement leading to the solo cadenza and finale. Available from C-Alan Publications: http://c-alanpublications.com/concerto-no-2-for-marimba-wind-ensemble/
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