Suite for Marimba (Fissinger)

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Alfred Fissinger

General Info

Year: 1950
Duration: c. 13:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: PercArts KPP
Cost: Score and Parts - $15.00   |   Score Only - $0.00




Program Notes

"Suite for Marimba" was composed in 1950, making it one of the early "classics" of the original marimba repertoire. Consisting of four movements, each depicting a specific incident experienced by Alfred Fissinger while serving as an infantryman in Europe during World War II, "Suite" is the first polyphonic work for unaccompanied marimba, combining both traditional tertian and quartal/quintal harmonies to evoke introspection, anticipation, panic and serenity. Includes performance notes by Leigh Howard Stevens. Recording available for download at[1]


An excellent contemporary four mallet unaccompanied marimba solo in four contrasting movements. Challanging contrapunal movement in voices and use of interesting harmonic combinations make this a fine recital or contest work. Vida Chenoweth has recorded this piece on Epic Recording. - Staff, March 1965[2]



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Suite for Marimba (Fissinger) - Marimba

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