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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.

Piano reduction 14007489 (WB10710) for sale.

  • 13 FEB 2011
    Soka Gloria Wind Orchestra
    Hidemi Murase; Mutsuo Nakamura, conductor
  • 14 FEB 2010
    Alma, MI
    Alma College Symphony
    Murray Gross, conductor
  • 04 APR 2006
    Chicago, IL
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Wei; Outwater, conductor

    Other Dates:
    5,6 April - Chicago, IL
  • 09 DEC 2005
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    University Of Toronto
    Raffi Armenian, conductor

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,1/1/0001
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,1/1/0001
…innumerable means of displaying the marimba at its best... [Kurka’s] concerto is everywhere lively and zestful.
Jay Harrison, New York Herald Tribune,1/1/0001
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