Five Etudes for Marimba, Book 1

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Gordon Stout

General Info

Year: 1973
Duration: c.
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Paul Price Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00




Program Notes

premiere: 1973, Eastman School of Music, by the composer


Five Etudes for Marimba, Book I and Ode for Marimba were originally published in 1975 and 1979 respectively by Paul Price Publications. These works and other by Gordon Stout quickly found their way into recital balls at university schools of music across the country. However, after Paul Price passed away these works became difficult to obtain while his publishing company was up for sale. Since then Music for Percussion has bought Paul Price Publications and reissued these works for marimba. Both of these compositions were written while Stout was in school at the Eastman School of Music and represent Gordon's experiments with technical and musical ideas on the marimba. Book One of Five Etudes for Marimba concentrates mainly on four mallet control with only one etude performed with two mallets. Performed as recital pieces or individually for student development, these etudes are musically intriguing and challenging for advanced marimbists. The success of these etudes prompted Stout to publish a second book of etudes in 1982. Ode for Marimba is a short marimba solo that unfortunately did not receive the type of distribution that the five etudes experienced. A four mallet work written with rudimental snare drum patterns in mind, Ode is a moderately slow work which offers a progressive harmonic language combined with variety of textures. It would be a fine recital work for students. These two compositions for marimba are a must for any library. With Gordon Stout's influence on marimba performance and literature since the early 1970's, Five Etudes and Ode for Marimba offer a wonderful perspective into the growth of this idiom as well as, simply, some fine music. Mark Ford, 1990[1]

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Works for Percussion by this Composer

Andante and AllegroSolo Percussion; Piano; Marimba
Astral Dance – Solo Percussion; Marimba
Desperate Attitudes – [Percussion (11)]]
Diptych No. 1 – Solo Percussion; Multiple Percussion
Diptych No. 2 – Solo Percussion; Percussion Ensemble
Diptych No. 2Percussion Sextet
Diptych No. 3Percussion Duet; Marimba
Diptych No. 4 – Percussion Duet; Marimba
Duo (Dance Song) – Solo Percussion; Marimba; Saxophone
Duo (Dance Song) – Solo Percussion; Marimba; Trumpet
Duo (Dance Song) – Solo Percussion; Marimba; Bassoon
Duo Concertante – Percussion Duet; Wind Ensemble
Eisenhower's RondoPercussion Quartet; Flute; Viola
Elegy – Solo Percussion; Marimba
Etudes for Marimba, Book III – Solo Percussion; Marimba
Five Etudes for Marimba, Book 1 – Solo Percussion; Marimba
Five Etudes for Marimba, Book 2 – Solo Percussion; Marimba
Four Episodes – Solo Percussion; Marimba
Incoming – Percussion Duet; Marimba
Laruci in the Sky – Percussion Duet; Marimba
Nocturnes, op.36 – Solo Percussion; Marimba
Ode for Marimba – Solo Percussion; Marimba
Reverie – Solo Percussion; Marimba
Rivers of Wood – Solo Percussion; Marimba; Piano
Rumble Strips – Solo Percussion; Marimba
Sedimental Structures – Solo Percussion; Marimba
Three Movements for Marimba and Wind Ensemble – Solo Percussion; Marimba; Wind Ensemble
Triptych – Percussion Duet; Marimba
Two Mexican Dances – Solo Percussion; Marimba
Wood That Sings – Solo Percussion; Marimba

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