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.
This familiar work of Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz is best known to concert audiences in its guitar transcription. Rather than base his transcription on one of the many guitar editions, Stevens went back to the original piano work which appears in Cantos de Espana Op. 232.
Although the marimba's tone is colorful and evocative, there has been a long standing lack of serious transcriptions of impressionistic music. This faithful transcription will fill that niche and surely become a standard repertoire item.
This highly chromatic chorale is transcribed for low 'A' marimba. One of Bach's great 371 Chorales.
The prelude is a virtuositic showpiece for marimba based on the pattern 2343, 2343. The three-voiced fugue uses three different mallet types for maximum separation of the voices.
This simple but beautiful work is based on a three note descending bass line and right hand triad arpeggiations. It can be performed as a three or four mallet piece.
This is the sonata that contains the famous G minor fugue, popularized by many concert guitarists. Complete with Stevens' stickings and suggested ornamentation in a beautiful 20 page edition.
These two-part Inventions have the all the necessary transpositions for a low 'A' marimba and Stevens' all-important stickings, which allow these delightful works to be played smoothly by a marimba soloist.