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Robert Kurka

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Concerto for Marimba , 34
Weintraub Music
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
20 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)

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Robert Kurka Concerto for Marimba , 34
Robert Kurka’s Marimba Concerto was commissioned by Vida Chenoweth, who premiered the work on November 11, 1959 at Carnegie Hall.

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It proved to be tuneful, crisply rhythmic, shot through with jazz echoes and a spirit of jaunty sophistication. It proved again that the composer Kurka had one of the most promising original talents in U.S. music.
Time Magazine,01/01/0001
Kurka’s Concerto for Marimba saved the evening; with this piece the concert came alive; it contributed one of the salient aspects of American music: syncopated music in lighthearted melodic writing. This work is as native as the barn dance-full of spirit.
Kastendiek, New York Journal-American,01/01/0001
…innumerable means of displaying the marimba at its best... [Kurka’s] concerto is everywhere lively and zestful.
Jay Harrison, New York Herald Tribune,01/01/0001
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