Stubernic Fantasy

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Title varies.

Subtitle: Concerto for Three Marimbists and Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 12:25
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Innovative Percussion
Cost: Score and Parts - $175.00


Full Score
Solo Marimba (3 players)
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Double Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V

(Percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Stubernic Fantasy is based on two of Mark Ford’s compositions, Stubernic and Afta-Stuba, which were written for three players on one marimba. Stubernic (pronounced stew-ber-nick) was dedicated to Stefan and Mary K. Stuber with whom the composer attended college. In 1987, the Stubers went to Guatemala and Nicaragua for humanitarian aid purposes. Upon their return, they told Ford stories of their adventures and the many marimba bands they heard, especially in Guatemala. Ford was writing a vibraphone/marimba duet at the time, and decided to make it a trio on one marimba in the style of the Latin American marimba bands. Ford states, “The music for Stubernic reflects the passion and excitement of the music of Latin America, without borrowing any traditional themes or rhythms.” Stubernic requires the three players to navigate all over the instrument, even playing the instrument’s frame. The title Stubernic derives from Stuber’s last name and the first syllable of Nicaragua.

After the success of Stubernic, Mark Ford was inspired to compose its sequel, appropriately titled Afta-Stuba (After Stubernic). Upon its premiere in 2000, Ford was congratulated by fellow UNT [University of North Texas] colleague Eugene Migliaro Corporon, who said, “Now write me a wind ensemble work like that!” That request remained unfulfilled until 2011 when the composer was awarded a University of North Texas Faculty Fellowship to write just such a piece. Ford states, “The concerto is a visual showcase as well as a musical experience, with the soloists moving all over the marimba. The power of the woodwinds, brass and percussion complements the original music, showing the passion and potential of the marimba.”

The orchestral version of Stubernic Fantasy was premiered by the Opole Philharmonic Orchestra on October 5, 2012, in Opole, Poland, under Maestro Wojciech Rodek. The world premiere of the wind ensemble version at the 2012 Midwest Clinic in Chicago was dedicated to Eugene Migliaro Corporon.

- Program note by Seth Wollam for the Lone Star Wind Orchestra concert program, 20 December 2012


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Lone Star Youth Winds (Dallas Tx.) (Andrew Trachsel, conductor) - 5 March 2023
  • University of Melbourne (Aus.) Wind Symphony (Nicholas Williams, conductor) - 9 October 2022
  • Northwest Missouri State University Wind Symphony (John Bell, conductor) – 12 April 2018
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Wind Ensemble (Chris Knighten, conductor) – 1 March 2018
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Symphony (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) - 3 November 2016
  • Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green) (Gary Schallert, conductor) – 20 February 2016 (CBDNA 2016 Southern Division Conference, Charleston, S.C.)
  • United States Navy Band (Captain Brian O. Walden, conductor) - February 2013 West Coast Tour
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Dallas, Tx.) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 20 December 2012 (2012 Midwest Clinic)

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