Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble

Composer: John Rutter

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B0467CS

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Brixton Publications

£48.50

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“Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble” by Howard J. Buss was composed in 2017 and is dedicated to Robert McCormick. The percussion ensemble uses 4 players. This work is comprised of 3 continuous, unnamed movements that follow a haunting and somewhat mysterious introduction. References to the opening phrases of the introduction are made throughout the composition. The first movement is in two main parts: The first resembles a chain of joyous episodes, each flowing into the next as the musical narrative unfolds. This gives way to a series of passages that become increasingly developmental. Obvious references to the introduction are interspersed with elements of the first section as well as new material. The second movement is in a lively 6/8. It is in ternary form features a substantial marimba cadenza in the central section. The finale movement revives the joyful character of the first and includes a short intense passage influenced by jazz before building to a rousing finish. (15’) Grade V.
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“Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble” by Howard J. Buss was composed in 2017 and is dedicated to Robert McCormick. The percussion ensemble uses 4 players. This work is comprised of 3 continuous, unnamed movements that follow a haunting and somewhat mysterious introduction. References to the opening phrases of the introduction are made throughout the composition. The first movement is in two main parts: The first resembles a chain of joyous episodes, each flowing into the next as the musical narrative unfolds. This gives way to a series of passages that become increasingly developmental. Obvious references to the introduction are interspersed with elements of the first section as well as new material. The second movement is in a lively 6/8. It is in ternary form features a substantial marimba cadenza in the central section. The finale movement revives the joyful character of the first and includes a short intense passage influenced by jazz before building to a rousing finish. (15’) Grade V.
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About the Composer

John Rutter, born on September 24, 1945, in London, England, is a contemporary composer, conductor, and arranger, renowned for his significant contributions to choral music. He displayed musical talent early in life and received his education at Highgate School, where he was a chorister, and later at Clare College, Cambridge, where he studied music under the tutelage of Sir David Willcocks.

Rutter’s career is marked by his prolific output of choral compositions, which range from large-scale works to smaller-scale anthems and carols. His compositions often draw inspiration from traditional melodies and texts, which he blends with modern harmonies and arrangements, creating music that is both accessible and emotionally resonant.

In addition to his work as a composer, Rutter has made substantial contributions as a conductor and arranger. He has conducted many choirs and orchestras worldwide, including the Cambridge Singers, a professional chamber choir he founded in 1981. Under his direction, the Cambridge Singers have become internationally acclaimed for their recordings of choral music, including many of Rutter’s own compositions.

Throughout his career, Rutter’s music has garnered widespread popularity and has become a staple in the repertoire of choirs around the world. His compositions, such as the “Gloria” and “Requiem,” are frequently performed in concert halls and churches, and his arrangements of traditional carols are beloved by audiences during the holiday season.

John Rutter’s contributions to choral music have earned him numerous awards and honors, including several honorary degrees and appointments as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to music. He continues to compose, conduct, and advocate for the importance of choral music in the cultural landscape.

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