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Paul Creston

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Concertino for Marimba (1940)
G Schirmer Inc
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
15 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)

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Programme Note
Paul Creston Concertino for Marimba (1940)
Composer Note:

This work, which was commissioned by Frederique Petrides, conductor of the Orchestrette Classique, and dedicated to her, was completed in March, 1940. It is in three movements and is designed to demonstrate the capabilities of the marimba as a solo instrument with orchestral accompaniment.

The first movement, marked "Vigorous", is based on two main themes, a strongly rhythmic one and a lyric one, both of which are announced in the orchestral introduction. The development of these themes occurs mainly in the solo part, and within the 3/4 meter are incorporated various rhythmic patterns.

The second movement, marked "Calm", consists of an introductory theme first presented by solo flute, immediately followed by the main theme (in chordal structure) played by the marimba with four mallets. The general mood of tranquility is retained throughout, except for a minor climax developed toward the middle of the movement.

The last movement, marked ''Lively'', is a combination scherzo and finale, in 6/8 time. Rhythmic variety is the chief objective of this movement, the lyric and dramatic elements are interspersed throughout.

There are no isolated cadenzas to reveal the virtuosity of the soloist, as the composition as a whole affords numerous opportunities to display this phase.

After the first performance of the work, Howard Taubman wrote in the New York Times: "The marimba has its limitations as a solo instrument, but Mr. Creston wrote well within them. He is, moreover, a composer with ideas and invention." And Robert Lawrence of the New York Herald Tribune wrote: "Actually. Mr Creston surpassed expectations and produced a sturdy composition of inherent musical interest."

-- Paul Creston

  • 03 MAR 2018
    Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR
    Portland Youth Philharmonic
    Nathan Coffman; David Hattner, conductor
  • 20 FEB 2018
    Moeser Auditorium, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
    University Of North Carolina
    Performing mvts I & II only; Daniel Winecoff; Tonu Kalam, conductor
  • 13 JAN 2018
    Salle de Répétition - Conservatoire de Musique, Montréal, Québec, Canada
    Orchestre symphonique du Conservatoire de Montréal
    Alexandre Nantel; Jean-Michel Malouf, conductor
  • 01 JAN 2018
    Beckum, Germany
    Bergische Symphoniker
    Simon Roloff, marimba; Peter Kuhn, conductor
  • 30 NOV 2017
    Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Vancouver Symphony
    Ireh Kim; William Rowson, conductor
  • 17 NOV 2017
    Cairn University, Langhorne, PA
    Performing mvt I only; Gail Lee, conductor
  • 08 NOV 2017
    Reichenbach, Germany
    Vogtland Philharmonie
    Sabrina Ma, marimba; David Marlow, conductor

    Other Dates:
    10 November - Greiz, Germany
  • 04 NOV 2017
    East Beach Conference Center, Johns Island, SC
    Charleston Symphony Orchestra
    Ken Lam, conductor
  • 21 OCT 2017
    Goodman Auditorium, Virginia, MN
    Mesabi Symphony Orchestra
    Michael Moxley; Benjamin Nilles, conductor

    Other Dates:
    22 October - Hibbing HS Auditorium, Hibbin, MN
  • 29 JUL 2017
    French Woods Festival
    French Woods Pavilion, Hancock, NY
    Performing select mvts only; Sophie Smith-Brody; Brian Worsdale, conductor
  • 02 JUN 2017
    Hall of Hungarian Television, Budapest
    Dohnanyi Orchestra Budafok
    Performing Movement III Only; Gabor Hollerung, conductor
  • 15 MAY 2017
    Mokpo Cultutral Center, South Korea
    Mokpo Philharmonic Orchestra
    Hyun- Soo Kim, conductor
  • 03 FEB 2017
    Böhlen, Germany
    Leipziger Symphonieorchester
    Felix Anton Lehnert, Marimba; Gerard Oskamp, conductor
  • 30 JAN 2017
    Leipzig, Germany
    Akademisches Orchester Leipzig
    Sabrina Ma, Marimba; Horst Förster, conductor
  • 20 NOV 2016
    Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham, UK
    Cheltenham Philharmonic Orchestra
    Duncan Westerman, conductor
  • 20 NOV 2016
    Lengnau, Switzerland
    Siggenthaler Jugendorchester
    Marc Urech, conductor

    Other Dates:
    11 December - Baden, Switzerland
  • 03 SEP 2016
    Leicester Cathedral, UK
    Mansfield Chamber Orchestra
  • 18 MAR 2016
    Schönebeck, Germany
    Mitteldeutsche Kammerphilharmonie Schönebeck
    Martin Panteleev, conductor
  • 05 MAR 2016
    Sutton Coldfield Orchestra
  • 06 FEB 2016
    New York, NY
    Manhattan School of Music
    Jonathan Strasser, conductor
  • 03 JUL 2015
    Würzburg, Germany
    Philharmonisches Orchester Würzburg
    Enrico Calesso, conductor

    Other Dates:
    4 July - Würzburg, Germany
  • 28 JUN 2015
    Augsburg, Germany
    Augsburger Philharmoniker
    Florian Reß; Wolfgang Reß, conductor
  • 22 APR 2015
    Wiesbaden, Germany
    Orchester des Hessischen Staatstheaters
    Martin Lukas Meister, conductor
  • 26 MAR 2015
    Temple Speech Room, Rugby School, UK
    Rugby School Orchestra
    Jack Fisher, Marimba; Robert Hodge/ Richard Tanner, conductor
  • 12 SEP 2014
    Mellrichstadt, Germany
    Bezirksjugendsinfonieorchester Unterfranken
    Hermann Freibott, conductor

    Other Dates:
    13 September - Mainaschaff, Germany
  • 20 JUN 2014
    Centro Cultural Galileo, Madrid.
    Orquesta de Alumnos del Centro Superior Katarina Gurska
    Antonio Martín Aranda
  • 06 JUL 2013
    Halle, Germany
    Staatskapelle Halle
    Robert van Steijn, conductor
  • 05 MAY 2013
    Landshut, Germany
    Symphonic Orchestra Munich-Andechs
    Andreas Pascal Heinzmann, conductor
  • 13 APR 2012
    Frankfurt/Oder, Germany
    Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt/Oder
    Peter Sadlo, marimbaphone ; Howard Griffiths, conductor

    Other Dates:
    14 April - Potsdam, Germany
  • 30 MAR 2012
    Kingston, ON, Canada
    Gordon Craig, conductor

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