DUETS for MARIMBA and VIBRAPHONE

Performer and Audience friendly Duets for various combinations of Keyboard Percussion Instruments.

 

Whats New:

QUEY Percussion Duo Composition Contest Winners 2012

1st Place: Rhapsody for Vibraphone and Marimba/Michael Taylor.
2nd Place: Kinetic Energy for Vibraphone and Marimba/João Pedro Oliveira.

Current News:

PAS Italy Composition Contest Winners 2012

Forthcoming 2014: winning compositions from the 2012 ITALY PAS Percussion Composition Contest!  Percussion Quartets by Pui-shan Cheung (FIVE METALS), Antonio Ballestin Liarte (HIGHWAY SOUNDSCAPES) and Gianni Giacomazzo (ALLEGRA BARBARA).

Forthcoming Events:

NEW RELEASES 2014

Look for Robert S. Cohen's new title for percussion ensemble: Love Triangles for Percussion Trio.

Marimba and Vibraphone Duets

Absolute Draws Near Lydia
for
Marimba and Vibraphone

Mark Andreas Giesecke
Price: $15.95
Absolute Draws Near Lydia

Lively, rhythmical duet for marimba and vibraphone - two mallets. high school/college. [Recorded on CD - Contrasting Elements/Kostowa-Giesecke Duo] ". . . the work has a seamless, whole-tone quality about it . . . a wonderful duet for intermediate to advanced keyboard percussionists." (Percussive Notes)

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Ah One
for two Vibraphones
and Bass

Dan Senn
Price: $24.95
Ah One

"Ah One, for two Vibraphones and amplified acoustic Bass,
was created using my Raku Composition Program, a computer-assisted composing program which takes as its model the "elegant awkwardness" inherent in the raku ceramic process. This ancient method, which is closely associated with Zen
and the Japanese tea ceremony, purposely uses unstable materials and processes as a means of frustrating an artist's will to control the medium. With the RCP, routines have been developed to act in a like manner - and while these routines are often aleatoric in nature, great care must be
taken to perform Ah One exactly as written. For example, the piece will not survive metrical inaccuracy. Ah One is structured to produce twenty-four clusters of activity with the bass part serving as an interconnecting voice" - Dan Senn
college/professional.

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An Ant's World
for
one Marimba - four hands

Robert S. Cohen
Price: $25.00
An Ant's World for one Marimba - four hands

Scored for one marimba (5-octave) - four hands.  A whimsical, yet challenging work requiring finesse, subtlety and accurate interpretation of many interlocking melo-rhythmic patterns.  [Duration ca. 9'49"] adv. high school/college.

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Sound Samples:
Mv't. I
Mv't. II
Mv't. III
Mv't. IV
Answers
for Marimba Duo and
Percussion Ensemble
Marcelo H. Ferreyra
Price: $35.00
Answers for Marimba Duo and Percussion Ensemble

Challenging contemporary Argentinean work scored for marimba duo with percussion quartet accompaniment - in three short movements. Quartet instrumentation: xylophone, bells, vibraphone, snare and bass drum. Version for marimba solo with quartet accompaniment also available. college/professional.

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Sound Samples:
Mv't. I
Mv't. II
Mv't. III
Banging(,) Pots and Pans
for
Marimba Duo

Alex Elliott Miller
Price: $25.00
Banging(,) Pots and Pans for Marimba Duo

Challenging duet for two accomplished performers
(2 marimbas). Lots of notes, lots of musical nuance required - a great workout!

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I
II
III

Diamond Hill
for
Marimba Duo

Marc Wooldridge
Price: $15.95
Diamond Hill

A great up-tempo marimba duet - this piece can be played on one 5-octave instrument (it can also easily be adapted to a 4 1/3 octave instrument). Inspired by a trip to Ireland, the lilting melodies are very audience friendly and great fun to play! Requires two mallets - each player. high school/college.

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Distinctive Duets:
A Collection for Vibraphone/Marimba

David Kovins
Price: $25.95
Distinctive Duets: A collection for Vibraphone/Marimba

A set of twelve challenging duets (vibraphones or marimbas) in a variety of styles: Classical, Jazz, Latin, Country, Rock, and Blues - some with chord changes included, so performers can open them up for improvisation.  Each player’s part in this collection, whether it be the melody or the accompaniment, stands on its own, making the performance of these pieces a musically fulfilling experience for both players. This collection will both challenge player's skills, and improve their musicianship.  Audience-friendly melodies and harmonic material make these duets a great option for inclusion on recitals and public performances!  adv. high school/college.

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Dove's Delight for Vibraphone and Marimba
Jan Freicher
Price: $22.95Dove's Delight for Vibraphone and Marimba

3rd place winner -
PAS Italy Composition Contest - 2008!
Lively duet in a jazz/rock style, great interaction between parts - 4 1/3-octave marimba (ca. 9'). college/professional

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KODA
for Solo Vibraphone
 
by
Jan Freicher

First Place Winner
in the
2008 PAS Italy composition contest!
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Duo Concertante: for Vibraphone, Marimba and Double Woodwind Quintet
Thomas Briggs
Price: $27.95/25.00
Duo Concertante: for Vibraphone, Marimba & Double Woodwind Quintet

Written to feature two mallet soloists - one playing vibraphone and one playing marimba - the work displays colorful melodic lines with lots of interaction between the wind instruments and the mallet instruments. The instrumentation allows the mallet instruments to shine - this is a great selection for a duo performance! [Duration ca. 8’21” ] adv. high school/college.

Score and Mallet Parts: $27.95

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Woodwind Parts:
$25.00

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Concerto for
Vibraphone and Band

by
Thomas Briggs

A great feature for vibraphone soloist with band - this single movement work is a well-crafted showcase for the instrument!
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Echoes
for
Marimba Duo

Richard K. LeVan
Price: $8.50
Duos for Two Marimbas & Assorted Percussion

This short but rhythmically challenging duet utilizes traditional and proportional notation. Contemporary tonalities, yet melodic - two mallets, also small gong and wind-chimes (2 marimbas). Nice change of pace for recitals. adv. high school/college.

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Fantasia de la Danza
for Marimba Duo

Jorge Morel -
Arr. Richard K. LeVan
Price: $18.95
Fantasia de la Danza

Scored for two marimbas, this lively arrangement is adapted from Morel’s well known duet for two guitars. Born in Argentina, Morel’s music while contemporary, draws inspiration from the varied rhythmic dance music of Latin America. Accessible to intermediate as well as advanced marimbists, this arrangement is sure to be an audience friendly addition to any recital! Requires two
4 1/3 octave marimbas.
[Duration: ca. 9']
adv. high school/college.

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Four Sketches for Sam
Ben Wahlund
Price: $22.95
Four Sketches for Sam

3rd Place Winner
PAS Composition Contest - 2006!
A unique duet - scored for tenor pan and marimba,
in four movements:
1.) Little Yellow Flowers,
2.) A Good Day,
3.) Silhouette and
4.) Dream Fields
Scored for 5-ocatave marimba, four mallets. 
adv. high school/college.

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Sound Samples:
1   2   3   4
Invention for Two Marimbas
Martin J. Elster
Price: $10.50
Invention for Two Marimbas

Two mallets, two marimbas, contemporary
yet lyrical.
high school/college.

". . . an exciting performance experience for both the performers and the audience." (Percussive Notes)

SEE ALSO:
Five Bagatelles
and
Suite for Marimba.

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Kaleidoscope Eyes: for two African Marimbas
Andreas Schwarz
Price: $14.00
Kaleidoscope Eyes: for two African Marimbas

Scored for two balaphones - each player uses two mallets on the interlocking, pentatonic melo-rhythmic patterns. No African instruments available - no problem - this duet can be adapted easily to a concert-style marimba (4 octaves).

Duration: ca. 5' 
Recorded on CD - Kaleidoscope/German Marimba Duo. 

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KINETIC ENERGY
for Vibraphone and Marimba

João Pedro Oliveira
Price: $22.95 KINETIC ENERGY for Vibraphone and Marimba

2nd Place Winner - Quey Percussion Composition Contest 2012. Complex rhythmic textures and interlocking melodic lines make this a challenging
work for accomplished performers!
Scored for a 5-octave marimba. college/professional.

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LOSA
Emmanuel Séjourné
Price: $15.95
LOSA for Vibraphone and Marimba

Inspired by Spanish Flamenco music, this unique duo for vibraphone and marimba (4 1/3 octave) will be well received by both performers and audiences alike. Up-tempo, lively syncopated dance-like rhythms keep this one moving - both players utilize 4 mallets (3' 30"). adv. high school/college.

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Malka Plastika
Tzenko Minkin
Price: $11.50
Malka Plastika

Marimba and vibraphone. Contemporary rhythms and tonalities - complex rhythmic interplay between instruments. college.
[Recorded on CD - Contrasting Elements/Kostowa-Giesecke Duo]
". . . a fine composition requiring two mature players. . ."
(Percussive Notes)

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Mallets a la Zurke
H. Breuer - Arr. Wessela Kostowa
Price: $12.95
Mallets a la Zurke

Audience pleasing arrangement of widely known rag, scored for vibraphone and marimba duo. Both parts require four mallets. high school/college.

[Recorded on CD - Contrasting Elements/Kostowa-Giesecke Duo]

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MARIMBA MAGIC
24 Duets for ONE Marimba
Denis Stilke
  Price: $29.95
  
Marimba Magic - 24 Duets for ONE Marimba

Collection of accessible duets in a variety of musical styles - featuring easy classical melodies, to grooving Latin music, to Jazz/Blues, to minimalism, while leaving room for improvisation. Creative illustrations enhance the book's layout and younger players will find it entertaining as well as educational!  Play-a-long recordings add additional viability to this well conceived collection for
beginning to intermediate level performers.

112 pp. w/CD
Text: English/German

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Sound Samples:
Little Waltz
Bagatelle
MARIMBAVIBES
Franz Bauer
Price: $22.00
MARIMBAVIBES: 2 Duets for Vibraphone and Marimba

2 duets scored for a duo of vibraphone and marimba.

The first title, Something, was created with impressions from the world of slow rock ballads. The musical feeling includes the heavy back beat and uses the fantastic sounds and harmonies possible with this selection of instruments. The marimba part is written for a 5-octave instrument, particular passages can however be played in a different octave if necessary.

The second title, Sounds and Ramps for Two, moves from a freely played rubato introduction into a slow narrative tempo. The marimba leads with the melody while the vibraphone plays a colorful accompaniment or comments on the melody with short chord cascades. A 12/8 groove unravels, rich in nuances, inspired by African music. At certain points, for example directly after the lyrical vibraphone theme, the rhythm and sound intensify creating musical 'ramps' for the solos that open up new possibilities for the players to express themselves. The marimba part is for a 4.3-octave instrument.

The vibraphone and marimba solos in both pieces can be played as written. Or, players can, of course, use their own creative ideas instead. adv. high school/college.
(ca. 3' and 8')

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Something
Sounds and Ramps for Two

Menuet and Gigue - Little French Suite
J. S. Bach - Arr. Wessela Kostowa
Price: $15.95
Menuet & Gigue - Little French Suite

Scored for vibraphone and marimba duo, this work is both fun to play and listen to!. . . it's Bach, of course. Both parts require two mallets, making it accessible to both younger and more experienced performers alike. high school/college.

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Montana: Chorale for Two Marimbas
Matthias Krohn
Price: $14.00
Montana: Chorale for Two Marimbas

This beautiful chorale is rolled throughout, each player utilizing four mallets - scored for two five-octave marimbas.
Duration: ca. 4'  Recorded on CD - Kaleidoscope/German Marimba Duo.

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Pictures at an Exhibition
Modest  P. Mussorgsky
Arr. for Two Marimbas
Matthias Krohn &
Andreas Schwarz
Price: $48.00Pictures at an Exhibition

Meticulous arrangement for two accomplished performers. Four mallets, one 5-octave and one 4.5-octave marimba required.
college/professional.

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Rhapsody for Vibraphone and Marimba
Michael Taylor
Price: $25.00
Rhapsody for Vibraphone and Marimba

1st Place Winner - Quey Percussion Composition Contest 2012. Complex melo-rhythmic textures and interlocking figures make this a challenging work for accomplished performers! Scored for a 5-octave marimba. college/professional.

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Sanctuary
Akemi Naito
Price: $18.00
Sanctuary 

Scored for two marimbas (requires one 4 1/3-octave and one 5-octave marimba), this piece is a study in subtlety and nuance and the melodic and harmonic elements are performed in a tremolo (rolled) fashion throughout. Both players - four mallets, duration: ca. 12 minutes.

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Scenes From Bulgaria
Dobri Paliev
Price: $11.95
Scenes From Bulgaria

Four short movements - scored for vibraphone and marimba - both parts get an equal workout, a blend of contemporary and traditional tonalities. Requires some four mallet playing. high school/college. [Recorded on CD - Black and White/Kostowa-Giesecke Duo]

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Some Music for King George
Chester Mais
Price: $12.95
Some Music for King George

Inspired by the grand and powerful sound of the King George marimba, the piece is scored for one four-octave marimba - four hands.  A challenging duet that requires attention to subtlety and nuance - this piece would be well received by audiences.  adv. high school/college.

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Sonata for Vibraphone
and Marimba

Alfio Fazio
Price: $22.95
Sonata for Vibraphone & Marimba

1st Place Winner Quey Percussion Duo Composition Contest 2006.  A challenging work for vibraphone and marimba - both players must utilize subtle techniques and give much attention to the details of the rhythmic, melodic and harmonic interactions between the parts.  college/professional.

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Toccata Cromatica
Corale Figurato
Bicinum
Tango Suite
Astor Piazzolla -
Arr. Kevin Super
Price: $15.95/$12.95/$18.95
Tango Suite

This is an excellent transcription of Argentine composer Piazzolla's widely performed work - originally scored for two guitars. Requires a high level of four mallet technique. college/professional.

Mov't. I - Two marimbas, one with bongos. [Recorded on CD - Animato/Jasmin Kolberg and Jürgen Spitschka]     
$15.95

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Mov't. II - Vibraphone and marimba, or two marimbas. [Recorded on CD - Contrasting Elements/Kostowa-Giesecke Duo] ". . . an excellent addition to the duet literature for marimba and is appropriate for both solo and chamber music recitals." (Percussive Notes) $12.95

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Mov't. III
- Two marimbas, and bongos.  
$18.95

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Together and Not 
Gene Koshinski
Price: $18.95
Together & Not

A challenging duo for two marimbas, this piece requires one 5-octave and one 4 1/3 octave instrument, and each player utilizes four mallets. After an initial rubato-like introduction the piece takes off, and the interlocking melodic lines just don’t let up until the final measure! college/professional.

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Travelogue
Alphonse Izzo
Price: $18.00
Travelogue for Two Marimbas

Second place winner in the Quey Percussion Duo Composition Contest - 2005. Challenging work for two marimbas, appropriate for the college level or professional duo - requires four mallets and one 5-octave and one 4.6-octave marimba. “The idea of writing music to accompany travel is appealing to me as it’s an unusual coupling of meditation and movement. Travelogue is an exploration of this idea, which may best be described as a road trip illustrated through sound.” (Alphonse Izzo)

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