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Cloud Forest

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Blake Tyson

Blake Tyson

Subtitle: Solo Marimba with Percussion Quartet

General Info

Year: 2005 / 2008
Duration: c. 6:35
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Solo marimba and percussion trio
Publisher: Blake Tyson
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $42.00


Full Score
Solo Marimba
Percussion, including:

  • Conga
  • Crotales (optional)
  • Djembe
  • Glockenspiel
  • Mark Tree
  • Rainstick
  • Shekere
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes (bamboo)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Cloud Forest was inspired by my visits to Ecuador, my travels between Quito and Esmeraldas, and the Ecuadorian cloud forests. It begins with the spinning, uneven journey from the top of Ecuador to the Pacific Ocean and ends with the trip back to Quito. The work also depicts the beauty of the lush forests and the great times I had with my friends in Ecuador.

When I arrived in Esmeraldas after my long journey from Quito, the marimba I had expected to perform on was not there. The only marimba available was a small traditional instrument that had been built by a local musician. The piece I had planned to perform would not fit on this marimba. Rather than give up, I took the two hours I had before the concert, came up with some ideas, and then improvised a work that I entitled Journey to Esmeraldas. The main themes in Cloud Forest come from this improvisation.

Cloud Forest was commissioned by Spindrift Percussion Group in 2005. The original version was for percussion trio and soloist. In 2008 I revised the work for marimba soloist and percussion quartet.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Blake Tyson website Accessed 7 November 2020
  • Tyson, B. (2008). Cloud Forest: Solo Marimba with Percussion Quartet [score]. Blake Tyson: [s.l.].