Marimba Solos and Xylophone Solos

For beginning to advanced level performers, a broad collection of titles for Solo Marimba and Solo Xylophone - with accompaniments as indicated - Band, Orchestra, Piano, et al.

 

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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).

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Marimba and Xylophone Solos (A-F) (G-P) (Q-X)

ADIEUX for Solo Marimba
William Price
Price: $11.50
ADIEUX for Solo Marimba

This piece features closely "stacked" chords moving gracefully and rhythmically through multiple meters and tempi. The central section is a flowing chorale full of opportunities for musical nuance. Requires four mallets - 4.5 octave marimba. adv. high school/college.

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Amazing Grace
Traditional - Arr. Daniel Heslink
Price: $17.95
Amazing Grace

This challenging arrangement for solo marimba (four-mallets), is comprised of a four-part chorale-style exposition of the famous early American melody, followed by four variations in contrasting styles. The variations make use of performance practices of West African players of the gyil (ostinato figures in one hand against polyrhythmic melodic fragments in the other), quartel and quintal harmonies, arpeggiated textures (reminiscent of Japanese Koto performance) as well as copious use of independent rolls (single-handed). The five movements can be played as a "suite" or independently as the performance context requires. This is an ideal piece for sacred contexts as well as the recital hall. adv. high school/college.

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Angle of Repose
Thomas R. Marceau
Price: $15.95
Angle of Repose

A very expressive marimba solo, Angle of Repose portrays the sadness, struggle and resolution of losing someone. A large majority of this piece is derived from a single melodic theme, used in both chorale and melodically independent settings. Requires 4 1/2-octave marimba.  adv. high school/college.

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Answers
for Marimba Solo and
Percussion Ensemble
Marcelo H. Ferreyra
Price: $35.00
Answers for Marimba Soloist and Percussion Ensemble

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

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Mv't. I
Mv't. II
Mv't. III
Atrium Dance
Mark Shelton
Price: $10.00
Atrium Dance

Playable on a 4 1/3 octave marimba, Atrium Dance makes use of fun, flashy, repeating figures that allow the performer to concentrate on technique and phrasing without vast numbers of ever changing intervals. A short piece with wide audience accessibility, this piece would be appropriate for marimbists with intermediate level 4-mallet technique. A unique feature is the cadenza, which gives the marimbist an opportunity to improvise using a limited number of pitches. The piece would work equally well as an opening/closing or encore selection for recitals. high school/college.

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Bulgarian Nights
Robert S. Cohen
Price: $19.95 Bulgarian Nights for Marimba/Vibraphhone and Piano

Scored for Marimba/Vibraphone
and Piano.  Five short movements - several lyrical and a couple raging!.
adv. high school/college.

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Butterflies, Mountains, Bamboo
Stehen Crawford
Price: $15.00
Butterflies, Mountains, Bamboo

Inspired by a visit to Taiwan and it's beautiful landscape, flora and fauna, this challenging and unique
marimba solo
would make a great addition to a
recital program! 
Scored for 5-octave marimba, four mallets.  adv. high school/college.

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Christmas Marimba
Bruce Henzcel
Price: $24.95
Christmas Marimba

The purpose of this edition is to provide the working percussionist with a collection of Christmas
carols, all of which are concert worthy. Appropriate for a variety of settings, these pieces can be performed as solos, duets, or with any larger number of players. Great care was taken to maintain the integrity and character of each piece. Various techniques for two and four mallets are incorporated, as well as many different styles of music from around the world. The order of the pieces as it is, can work well for a concert program. The performer should feel free to improvise his/her own ideas when musically relevant. Some pieces were arranged for a four-and-a-half octave marimba, and will need to be transposed up an octave, or into another key to be used on a smaller marimba. Reference CD included.
high school/college.

More Christmas/Holiday titles.   

Insansa Christmas - CD

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Cliffs of Moher
Thomas R. Marceau
Price: $15.95
Cliffs of Moher for Solo Marimba

Cliffs of Moher is a challenging four-mallet composition that utilizes contrary motion between the hands and fast technical passages throughout. It is meant to elicit the beauty of Ireland’s landscape and shoreline.  Requires 5-octave marimba.  adv. high school/college.

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Concertino for Marimba and Orchestra
Rihards Zaļupe
Price: $25.95
Piano Reduction and Marimba Solo

Concertino for Marimba and Orchestra

Lively, three-movement, rhythmic showcase for marimba. In movements I and III, the player uses two mallets; in movement II - four mallets. With it's lilting melodies, this will be a very audience-friendly addition to any concert line-up! Duration ca. 11' - requires a 5-octave marimba. adv. high school/college.

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SEE ALSO:
DANCE for Marimba and Piano
and Eastern Fantasia for Solo Marimba.

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Concerto for Marimba
with Band/Orchestra

G. Bradley Bodine
Concerto for Marimba and Band/Orchestra

Challenging three movement work for band/orchestra and the accomplished marimba soloist!
Concerto for Marimba
was commissioned by marimbist Drew Lang.
He premiered the orchestral version of the work at the
prestigious
International Festival Institute
at Round Top,

under the direction of
Edwin Outwater.  college/professional.   

[Band and Orchestra Parts: Rental]

Marimba Solo: $17.95

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Marimba Solo and Piano Reduction: $35.95

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Band Score: $60.00

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Orchestra Score: $60.00

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Mv't.II    Mv't.III
Concerto for Marimba
and Chamber Orchestra

Scott Blasco
Price: $12.95/$45.00
Concerto for Marimba and Chamber Orchestra

Version for marimba soloist, with accompaniment by two pianos and three percussionists. Challenging, yet accessible feature for marimba (5-octave). Three movements, ca. 17’ - vibrant rhythms and lively interaction between the soloist and the piano and percussion parts make this a very audience friendly work!
[Chamber Orchestra Version also available]

Marimba Solo: $12.95

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Marimba Solo, Score and Parts: $45.00

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Concertpiece for Marimba and Orchestra
Maurice Wright
Price: $28.95
Piano Reduction and Marimba Solo

Concertpiece for Marimba and Orchestra

Challenging three movement concerto for marimba and an orchestra of winds, strings and harp - written for Will Hudgins and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The orchestration is colorful but light, leaving space for the natural dynamic range of the marimba (4 1/3 octave marimba required). This is an appealing concerto that is accessible to both university level and professional performers.
[Orchestra parts by rental]

"I wanted to reveal the many beautiful qualities of the marimba in Concertpiece and to create a musical landscape of contrasting texture and color. Although there are hints of the timbre of Bach transcriptions and the naive energy of the Green studies in this piece, the composition treats its influences with equal weight as it does its pitches." (Maurice Wright)

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Mv't.I   Mv't.II   Mv't.III
Cross on Wood (A)
G. Bradley Bodine
Price: $15.95
A Cross on Wood

Commissioned and premiered by Drew Lang, A Cross On Wood makes use of contemporary marimba techniques which include displaced octaves, fast scale passages, and poly-rhythms. While there is an extended passage of rolled notes (four-mallets) at the outset and a brief return to this material at the end, overall this is an energetic and very rhythmic piece. The key scheme follows the pattern D-Ab-B-F-D. When this pattern is placed on a "circle of fifths" chart, it forms a cross, hence the title of the piece. adv. high school/college.

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Crystal Butterfly
for Marimba and Soundscape

Ben Wahlund
Price: $17.95
Crystal Butterfly

Second place winner
in the 2003 PAS composition contest! Scored for Marimba and Soundscape. Unique intermediate level marimba solo that incorporates contemporary marimba techniques.
[Four mallets - 4 1/3 octave marimba]. Performance score and CD included.

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Dance of the Butterfly
for Solo Marimba

Claudio Santangelo
Price $17.95
Dance of the Butterfly for Solo Marimba

 Interlocking melo-rhythmic patterns make this a challenge for the discerning marimbist.
Scored for 4 1/3-octave marimba, ca. 4'. adv. high school/college.

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DANCE for Marimba and Piano
Rihards Zaļupe
Score and Video Sample Price: $22.95
DANCE for Marimba and Piano 

Lively, very rhythmic feature for marimba - requires four mallets throughout. Great musical interaction between the piano and marimba - a versatile work, well suited for advanced recitals as well as a variety of public performance settings. Duration ca. 6' - requires a 5-octave marimba. college/professional.

SEE ALSO:
Concertino for Marimba and Orchestra and Eastern Fantasia for Solo Marimba.

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by
Rihards Zaļupe

Concertino for Marimba and Orchestra

Eastern Fantasia for Solo Marimba

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Dancing Columns
Shawn Crouch
Price: $15.95
Dancing Columns

This is a highly rhythmic and driving marimba solo that conveys the "columns of sound" carried in an urban setting. This challenging four-mallet work would be a great choice for the advanced level percussionist looking for a platform that will display his/her well-developed sense of musicality and finesse. [Requires low E] college/professional.

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Deu me Alegria
for
Marimba/Vibraphone

Jessica Muñiz
Price: $11.50

Deu me Alegria

Scored for marimba and vibraphone (one player), this work was inspired by a visit to Northeastern Brazil, and in particular the rhythmic configuration known as Baião, prevalent in the region.  Requires four mallets, 4 1/3 octave marimba.  adv. high school/college.

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MORE TITLES
by
Jessica Muñiz

Eruption of Sakurajima for Solo Marimba

Fallen Peace for Marimba and String Quartet

Ripples in the Water for Solo Vibraphone

The Silence of Sirens for Marimba and Violoncello

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Dotty Dimples
George H. Green -
Arr. William L. Cahn
Price $65.00
Dotty Dimples for Xylophone and Band

Lively feature for solo xylophonist and band.
adv. high school/college.

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Eastern Fantasia
Rihards Zaļupe
Price: $15.95
Eastern Fantasia

This is a challenging, rhythm-driven recital piece which makes use of many unique melodic and harmonic elements. The central, subtle, and more ethereal sections require the performer to display a great deal of musical nuance, before returning to driving, interlocking, melo-rhythmic patterns to close the piece.  Well suited for advanced recitals as well as a variety of public performance settings.  Duration ca. 5' 50" - requires a 4 1/3-octave marimba.  college/professional. 
SEE ALSO: Concertino for Marimba and Orch. and DANCE for Marimba and Piano.

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Echo Rhythm
Brett E.E. Paschal
Price: $14.00
Echo Rhythm

Audience friendly, yet challenging for the performer, this marimba solo requires
well developed four-mallet technique.  Written in two parts, the first section is a relaxed chorale, while part
two is very rhythmic with interlocking and fast-moving melodic lines.  college. 
SEE ALSO:
Life's Questions
and
Rosebush.

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Ensemble for One
Claudio Santangelo
Price: 21.00
Ensemble for One

Ensemble for One is dedicated to Japan, in remembrance of the tragedy of 11 March 2011. This piece, in a single movement requires four-mallets, a 5-octave marimba and a multiple percussion set-up consisting of bass drum,
3 temple blocks,
4 tom toms and a
Chinese cymbal.

[A version for soloist and orchestra is also available.]
college/ professional.

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Eruption of Sakurajima
Jessica Muñiz
Price: $12.95
Eruption of Sakurajima

Inspired by impressions
of Sakurajima
(the renowned volcano
in Japan), this is a challenging four-mallet marimba solo that offers both, challenges for the performer, and a very appealing aural experience for the listener!  Requires a 4 1/3 octave marimba and the technical ability for independent mallet movement.  adv. high school/college.

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Fallen Peace for
Marimba
and String Quartet

Jessica Muñiz
Price: $25.95Fallen Peace for Marimba and String Quartet

An audience friendly work with an accessible marimba solo that would be a great way to feature a performer with intermediate to advanced level performance abilities. This piece would make a unique contribution to any recital program! adv. high school/college.

SEE ALSO:
Silence of Sirens.

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Fantasy for Marimba
Jeff Brown
Price: $9.50
Fantasy for Marimba

Accessible contemporary piece for solo marimba in three sections (ABA'). Requires intermediate level four-mallet skills - interlocking rhythms and polyrhythms between hands (3:2). adv high school/college.

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Five Bagatelles
Martin J. Elster
Price: $18.00
Five Bagatelles

Appealing recital collection of five works for solo marimba, contemporary yet lyrical, four mallets. adv. high school/college.

SEE ALSO:
Suite for Marimba,

Two Impressions
 and
Invention for Two Marimbas.

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Five Hymns for Marimba
Traditional
- Arr. Dan Heslink
Price: $18.00
Five Hymns for Marimba

Unique solo adaptations
- a combination of
contemporary performance techniques
(one-handed rolls, etc.)
with traditional hymn tunes
(Blessed Assurance, et al).
The five movements can be played in sequence as one unified selection, or individual movements can be played as separate, shorter selections. Four mallets.
adv. high school/college.

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Fluffy Ruffles
for Xylophone and Band

George H. Green - Arr. William L. Cahn
Price: $65.00
Fluffy Ruffles for Xylophone and Band

Lively feature for solo xylophonist and band. adv. high school/college.

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Four Central American Folk Tunes
Traditional - Arr. Vida Chenoweth
Price: $12.95
Four Central American Folk Tunes

Four short works for solo marimba that are accessible to younger, as well as more advanced, performers. Collection requires basic four-mallet techniques (marimba), but pieces could also be adapted/played by two players on one instrument. jr. high-college.

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Four Pillars
Richard K. LeVan
Price: $18.00
Four Pillars for Solo Marimba

A challenging four-movement work for solo marimba - for the intermediate/advanced performer - requires well-developed four-mallet marimba technique. Each movement has a different feel and corresponding challenges, yet the main thematic material flows loosely through each.
ca.12’ duration.
adv. high school/college

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Francy
for Solo Marimba

Claudio Santangelo
Price: $17.95
Francy for Solo Marimba

Appealing melodic materials and challenging rhythmic interaction between hands, make this piece enjoyable for both audience and performers. Brief rhythmically free introduction gives way to interlocking melo-rhythmic patterns. Scored for 4 1/3-octave marimba, ca. 4'.  adv. high school/college.

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From the Edge of the Frame
Stephen Crawford
Price: $12.95
From the Edge of the Frame

Intensely rhythmic, challenging single-movement work for solo marimba, in rondo form for four mallets. The title is derived from the frenzied feeling of barely hanging on while struggling to cope with the every day rigors of life; as if one is in a photograph or picture, not quite centered or focused - just looking on “From the Edge
of the Frame.”
Scored for 4 1/3 octave marimba - intermediate level technique required; includes independent rolls (one-handed). Audience friendly marimba solo, for recitals or contests. adv. high school/college.

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MORE TITLES
by
Stephen Crawford

Butterflies, Mountains, Bamboo
for Solo Marimba

Chroma 1
for Marimba Quartet

Ghost River
for Solo Marimba

Remembering Tomorrow for
Flute and Marimba

Winter Mix
for Solo Marimba

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