Concerto for Marimba (Klatzow)

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Peter Klatzow

General Info

Year: 1985
Duration: c. 16:35
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: PME
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00





Program Notes

commission: Robert Van Sice and the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra Development Committee; premiere: 23 May 1985, Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, Enrique Garcia-Asensio, conductor, Robert Van Sice, soloist


Unlike some works for marimba and orchestra that are titled "concerto" but are merely pieces for marimba solo with orchestral accompaniment, Klatzow gives us a piece that fulfills the essential requirement of the concerto form; i.e., the soloist and orchestra (in this case a string orchestra, which is reduced for piano in this publication), compete on equal terms. The result is a musical dialogue obviously written by one who has the experience and compositional technique to engage the soloist and orchestra in a powerful musical experience. Its three movements contain music that is refreshingly tonal, with a highly colorful harmonic language. In traditional fashion, the composer highlights the soloist's virtuosity, giving the marimba soft, rapid thirty- second-note runs in the first movement, an almost pianistically- conceived solo statement in the second movement, and sixteenth-note patterns featuring large octave leaps in the third movement. The piano reduction is well-made. Of course, it is a poor substitute for the string orchestra, although it does make feasible the performance of the piece wherever a pianist is available. Advanced college marimbists contemplating entering concerto competitions will want to give this publication their careful attention. - John R. Raush, 1999 [1]



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Works for Percussion by this Composer

A Sense of Place - Marimba, Cello
Ambient Resonances (Echoes of Time and Place) - Percussion Duo
Concerto for Marimba (Klatzow) - Marimba, Orchestra
Dances of Earth and Fire - Marimba
Double Concerto (Klatzow) - Marimba, Flute, Orchestra
Figures in a Landscape - Marimba, Flute
Inyanga - Marimba
Lightscapes - Marimba; Chamber Ensemble
Night Music, with Illuminations - Marimba, Flute
Return of the Moon - Marimba, Male Vocal Ensemble
Six Concert Etudes for Marimba - Marimba
Sonata for Solo Marimba - Marimba
Variations on THE theme of Paganini, for 2 marimbas - Percussion Duo
Words by Watson - Marimba, Male Vocal Ensemble

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