Five Items for Solo Marimba and Percussion Ensemble

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Anthony Cirone

General Info

Duration: c. 16:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: CPP/Belwin
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00




Player I: Orchestra bells, xylophone, bongos, timbales
Player II: Vibraphone
Player III: Suspended cymbal, finger cymbal, triangle, gong, guiro, cowbell
Player IV: Triangle, tom-toms(5), temple blocks(5), cymbal, maracas, brake drums(3)
Player V: Timpani(4), wood blocks(5), bass drum

Program Notes


5 Items is a 15:30 solo for marimba and percussion ensemble using five percussionists plus the soloist. A 4 1/3-octave marimba is necessary to perform the solo part. Other percussion instruments are: Player II—orchestra bells, xylophone, bongos, timbales; Player III—vibraphone; Player IV—suspended cymbal, finger cymbal, triangle, medium gong, guiro, cowbell; Player V—triangle, four concert tom-toms, five temple blocks, cymbal, maracas, three suspended brake drums; Player VI—four timpani, five woodblocks, bass drum. Each movement is unique and has its own character, yet there is a unifying quality throughout the work that holds the composition together. The interval of an augmented fourth and the octave prevail and establish the tonality for the most part. There is also quite a bit of interplay between the soloist and the ensemble. Not all movements are in strict time, which gives the soloist and ensemble a chance to be creative. The accompanying cassette is well done and provides the listener with a definitive performance. 5 Items is an excellent composition for an advanced high school or a college ensemble. The solo part is not extremely difficult but does require a good four-mallet player. 5 Items is an important contribution to the percussion ensemble literature— a solo part that is accessible to many players. Performers and audiences alike should find this a most rewarding and enjoyable piece. - John Beck, December 1994[1]



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4-Mallet Etudes for Marimba - Marimba
4-Mallet Marimba Solos - Marimba
4-Mallet Studies for Marimba, Volume VI - Marimba
A Little Song - Percussion Sextet
A Sacred Mass for Chorus and Percussion - Percussion Quartet; Chorus
Advanced Marimba Duets, Volume III - Marimba Duo
Assimilation - Percussion Sextet
Boom-Whap - Percussion Sextet
Cairo Suite - Percussion Ensemble (9)
Dichotomy - Percussion Ensemble (8)
Double Concerto for Two Percussion and Orchestra - Percussion Duo; Orchestra
Double Fanfare - Percussion Ensemble (12) - Harrison/Cirone
Drums Galore - Percussion Sextet
Finale - Percussion Sextet
Five Items for Solo Marimba and Percussion Ensemble - Marimba; Percussion Quintet
Five Items for Soprano and Percussion - Percussion Quintet; voice
Four/Four for Four - Percussion Quartet
Fugue - Cirone - Percussion Quartet
Fugue for Percussion Sextet - Percussion Sextet
Gliding Along - Percussion Sextet
Japanese Impressions - Percussion Quintet
March Right In - Percussion Sextet
Nervous Notes - Percussion Sextet
NYSD: Orchestral Suite for Solo Snare Drum - Solo Percussion
Overture in Percussion - Percussion Quintet
Pentadic Striations - Percussion Quartet
Percussionality - Percussion Quintet
Processional - Percussion Sextet
Samba Classico - Percussion Quartet
Sonata No. 2 for Trumpet and Percussion - Percussion; Trumpet
Sonata No. 3 for Clarinet and Percussion - Percussion; Clarinet
Sonata No. 4 - Percussion; Violin; Piano
Sonata No.1 for Timpani and Piano - Timpani; Piano
Symphony No. 1 for Percussion Ensemble - Percussion Ensemble (8)
Symphony No. 2 for Percussion - Percussion Ensemble (9)
Symphony No.3 (Sacred) - Percussion Sextet
Take Three - Percussion Trio
Three Phases - Percussion Quartet
Triptych - Percussion Quartet
Unaccompanied Solos for Marimba - Marimba

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