Concerto No. 1 for Marimba (Gillingham)

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David Gillingham

General Info

Subtitle: Gate to Heaven
Year of Publication: 1998
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Difficulty: Intermediate
Cost: $75.00



4.5-Octave Marimba

Percussion Ensemble

Player 1: Xylophone & Glockenspiel & Chimes
Player 2: Vibraphone & Crotales
Player 3: Vibraphone
Player 4: 4.0-Octave Marimba
Player 5: 4.3-Octave Marimba
Player 6: 5.0-Octave Marimba
Player 7: Brake Drum & Cowbell & Shaker & Bass Drum & Suspended Cymbal & Gong & Temple Blocks & 2 Concert Tom-toms
Player 8: Multi-Drums & Crash Cymbals & Hi Hat & Triangle


Gate to Heaven: Concerto No. 1 for Marimba by David Gillingham is a 9 player piece for solo marimba and percussion ensemble that captures the scenes before one dies and begins their journey to heaven. The segments in this singular piece are Remission, Reflection and Redemption. All pieces are distinct - some parts are slow, some are intense, and all movements encompass some beautiful runs. Difficult rhythms and technical requirements are in each player's part, so players must be able to execute them with extreme precision.

Recent Performance

Part 1

Part 2

Works for Percussion by this Composer

Angels of the Apocalypse - Percussion Octet
Babylon - Percussion Ensemble
Concertino (Gillingham) - Percussion Quartet; Wind Ensemble
Concerto for Percussion Ensemble (Gillingham) - Percussion Ensemble (13); Piano
Concerto No. 1 for Marimba (Gillingham)
Concerto No. 2 for Marimba (Gillingham)
Concerto for Piano and Percussion Orchestra - Percussion Ensemble
Dance of Redemption - Marimba
Five Fantasies of Natural Origin - Marimba; Flute
Gate to Heaven: Journey of the Soul - Marimba; Percussion Octet
Liturgical Music - Percussion 13
Normandy Beach - 1944 - Percussion Sextet
Paschal Dances - Percussion Ensemble (12); Piano
Point of Reckoning - Percussion Nonet
Quintessence (Gillingham) - Multiple Percussion; Brass Quintet; Wind Ensemble
Return to Innocence - Percussion Septet; Choir
Sacrificial Rite - Percussion Quintet
Spiritual Dances - Percussion Quartet; Oboe (Clarinet)
Stained Glass - Percussion Ensemble (11); Piano
Supercell - Percussion Ensemble; Alto Saxophone; Piano
Triplex - Percussion Sextet; Brass Ensemble
Whirlwind - Percussion Octet