Concerto for Marimba and Strings

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Emmanuel Séjourné

General Info

Year of Published: 2005
Publisher: Alfonce Production


This concerto was commissioned by the percussionist Bogdan Bacanu and first performed in 2005. It has since become one of the most popular pieces for the marimba and has been performed with orchestras around the world over 600 times. The concerto you will hear in this performance is the original two-movement version of the piece (Séjourné added a new first movement in 2015).

After a brief introduction from the strings the spotlight turns to the soloist and there is a beautiful opening cadenza to set the scene. The first movement mixes Romanticism in its melody with jazz influences in the rhythms, something the Canadian percussionist, Anne-Julie Caron, picked up on when she said the concerto is ‘unique because it is one of the rare pieces to put the marimba in a romantic context.’

Next comes the second movement, ‘Rythmique, energique’, which is packed with virtuoso playing and irresistibly toe-tapping rhythms. It is no wonder this has become one of the most popular percussion concertos ever written, and it is the perfect vehicle to celebrate this year’s brilliant President’s Young Performer.





Violin 1
Violin 2
Double Bass


Movement 1: Tempo Souple
Movement 2: Rythmique, Energique

Recent Performance

Kana Omori with Suma Philharmonic Orchestra
Julia Tan with Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Works for Percussion by this Composer

Percussion Concerto

Concerto for Marimba and Strings
Concerto N° 2 pour Marimba et Harmonie
America’s Cup Concerto for multi-percussion and full orchestra
Carmina 86
Concerto pour Vibraphone and Percussion Ensemble
Concerto pour 3 Percussions and Wind Orchestra
Concerto pour Percussion solo and Wind Orchestra
Concerto for Vibes & Strings
Concerto Fuoco for Marimba / Percussion & Brass-band
Magellan Concerto for Percussion & Strings
Double Concerto for Vibes, Marimba & Orchestra
Double Concerto for Vibes, Marimba & Percussion Ensemble

Percussion Ensemble

Suite pour Marimba et Quatuor de percussions
Famim II
Martian Tribes
African Songs Trio
African Songs Duo