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





Percussion Ensemble

Player 1: Glockenspiel & xylophone & Bongos & Timbales
Player 2: Vibraphone
Player 3: Suspended Cymbal & Finger Cymbals & Triangle & Gong & Guiro & Cowbell
Player 4: Triangle & 5 Concert Tom-toms & temple blocks & Cymbal & Maracas & 3 brake drums
Player 5: 4 Timpani & 5 wood blocks & 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]



Commercial Discography

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Works for Percussion by this Composer



Advanced Marimba Duets, Volume III
Double Concerto for Two Percussion and Orchestra


Take Three


4/4 for Four
A Sacred Mass for Chorus and Percussion
Four/Four for Four
Fugue - Cirone
Pentadic Striations
Samba Classico
Three Phases


Five Items for Solo Marimba and Percussion Ensemble
Five Items for Soprano and Percussion
Japanese Impressions
Overture in Percussion


A Little Song
Drums Galore
Fugue for Percussion Sextet
Gliding Along
March Right In
Nervous Notes

Large Ensemble

Cairo Suite - Percussion Ensemble (9)
Dichotomy - Percussion Ensemble (8)
Double Fanfare - Percussion Ensemble (12) - Harrison/Cirone


4-Mallet Etudes for Marimba
4-Mallet Marimba Solos
4-Mallet Studies for Marimba, Volume VI
NYSD: Orchestral Suite for Solo Snare Drum
Unaccompanied Solos for Marimba


Sonata No. 1 for Timpani and Piano - Timpani; Piano
Sonata No. 2 for Trumpet and Percussion - Percussion; Trumpet
Sonata No. 3 for Clarinet and Percussion - Percussion; Clarinet
Sonata No. 4 for Violin and Percussion - Percussion; Violin; Piano


Symphony No. 1 for Percussion Ensemble - Percussion Ensemble (8)
Symphony No. 2 for Percussion - Percussion Ensemble (9)
Symphony No. 3 (Sacred) - Percussion Sextet

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