This work is an unsung hero of the marimba quartet literature. It has not gotten its well-deserved circulation through the percussion community because it was unavailable for so long.Now available in a clearly engraved edition with single sheet 11 x 17 inch parts with a spiral-bound score.
Composed for and premiered by noted marimbist Katarzyna Mycka, "Hurricane's Eye" is a challenging and dramatic solo work that should find its way into the standard repertoire for advancing students and professionals.
First prize winner of the 1987 Festival of New American Music composition contest. Lydeka is a medium-difficult three-movement solo marimba work that uses many of the new techniques such as one-handed rolls, playing on the nodes and sequential sticking patterns.
Juilliard composition and theory faculty member Eric Ewazen has written what many consider to be "The Great American Marimba Concerto". Only time will tell if these appraisals are correct, but everyone who hears it agrees that it is a work of great beauty and excitement.
These much anticipated pieces appeal to players and audiences alike. They encompass a wide variety of stylistic writing, as Burritt exploits the technical and lyrical capabilities of the instrument.
A more discursive, lyrical and introspective Burritt style is developed in this piece. As is always the case with the music of Michael Burritt, the marimba writing is first-rate, idiomatic, fun to play and makes the marimba sound great.
Marimba music doesn't get much heavier than the second half of this set. Even the light and simple movements such as Soldier's March and Wild Rider have a certain Germanic seriousness.
(New expanded 12-movement edition) A delightful set of programmatic works that achieved standard repertoire status almost instantly when it was first transcribed 25 years ago.