Year: 1995 / 2003
Duration: c. 25:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Marimba and orchestra
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Rental | Score Only (print) - $60.00
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Concerto for Marimba by G. Bradley Bodine 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.
The opening movement of the three-movement composition is cast in double exposition form with a cadenza before the recapitulation. After a short introduction, the marimbist plays the first and second themes in succession. The trumpet and flute pick up the next statement of the first theme. The marimbist answers by completing the statement of the theme begun by the trumpet and flute. The dialogue between the ensemble and the soloist continues throughout the statement of the second theme as a codetta ends the exposition. The dialogue between ensemble and soloist set up in the exposition continues throughout the development section. Eventually, the virtuoso marimbist breaks into 32nd-note runs against a background of motives from the first theme. The development section continues with the kaleidoscopic development of both themes. Eventually, the ensemble takes over with a powerful crescendo. The marimba cadenza leads to the recapitulation.
The second movement is cast in a rondo song form: a-b-a (inversion)-b (inversion)-c-c (retrograde)-b (retrograde-inversion)-a. The marimbist plays rolled chords throughout the movement. The orchestration of this movement is particularly subtle and colorful.
The final movement of this concerto is cast in a sonata-rondo form: a - b - a - development - b - a - coda. The development section of this final movement utilizes materials from both of the preceding movements and thus creates a cyclic form for the work. For the climax of the movement, the main theme of the preceding movement is presented in the form of African-based rhythmic structures.
- Program Note adapted from publisher
The Concerto is a driving and virtuosic tour de force for marimba and features extremely demanding and dramatic soloistic writing for all members of the ensemble.
- Program Note from Winds of Change II
- Audio: Reference recording. Ensemble and conductor unknown
- Audio CD: Oregon State University Wind Ensemble (Christopher Chapman, conductor; Robert Brudvig, marimba)
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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Texas A&M University-Commerce Wind Ensemble (Phillip Clements, conductor; Brian Zator, marimba) – 2012
- Texas A&M University-Commerce Wind Ensemble (Bradley Kent, conductor; Brian Zator, marimba) – 24 February 2005 (CBDNA 2005 National Conference, New York, N.Y.)
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra/Band (1995/2003)
- Battisti, Frank. Winds of Change II: The New Millennium. Meredith Music Publications, 2012, pp. 63.
- Bodine, G. (2003). Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra/Band [score]. HoneyRock: Everett, Penn.
- Solo marimba perusal score