Michael Burritt

Having performed on four continents and nearly forty states Michael Burritt is one of the World’s leading percussion soloists. He is in frequent demand performing concert tours and master classes throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada. Mr. Burritt has been soloist with the Dallas Wind Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Ju Percussion Group (Taiwan), Percussion Art Quartet (Germany), Amores Percussion Group (Spain), Peaux (Sweden) and the Tempus Fugit Percussion Ensemble of Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Burritt has three solo recordings —Perpetual, and Shadow Chasers and recently released his third entitled Waking Dreams on the Resonator Records label. All the recordings are comprised of Burritt’s original compositions as well as works written expressly for him. He has been a featured artist at seven Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. In 1992 he presented his New York solo debut in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and in 1998 performed his London debut in the Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Mr. Burritt is also active as a composer, with two concertos to his credit, numerous solo and chamber works for marimba and percussion as well as two books of etudes. His works for solo marimba have become standard repertoire for the instrument and are consistently required repertoire on international competitions. Mr. Burritt is published with Ludwig Music, C. Allen and Keyboard Percussion Publications. Burritt is also an artist/clinician and product design/consultant for Malletech, where he has developed his own line of signature marimba mallets and an artist / educational clinician with the Zildjian Company. Mr. Burritt is a member of the Percussive Arts Society Board of Directors, a contributing editor for Percussive Notes Magazine and the chairman of the PAS Keyboard Committee.

Michael Burritt is currently Professor of Percussion and head of the department at the Eastman School of Music. He has the distinction of being only the third person in the history of this storied institution to hold this position. Prior to his appointment at Eastman Mr. Burritt was Professor of Percussion at Northwestern University from 1995–2008 where he developed a program of international distinction. Mr. Burritt received his Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees, as well as the prestigious Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. His teachers have included John Beck, Gordon Stout, Paul Yancich and Herbert Flower.

From Michael Burritt

Preludes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

$35.00

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.

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.

Sara’s Song

$10.00

Sara’s Song was written in 2005 for one of my dear friends’ daughter’s wedding, Sara Sartarelli. I believe the short work represents my feelings for the family as well as the emotional significance of this beautiful occasion.

Sara’s Song was written in 2005 for one of my dear friends’ daughter’s wedding, Sara Sartarelli. I believe the short work represents my feelings for the family as well as the emotional significance of this beautiful occasion.

Scirocco

$15.00

This piece is dedicated to marimba virtuoso She-e Wu who implored Burritt to write something “over the top”. The title means “hot desert wind” and refers to the intense swirling character of the melodic lines.

This piece is dedicated to marimba virtuoso She-e Wu who implored Burritt to write something “over the top”. The title means “hot desert wind” and refers to the intense swirling character of the melodic lines.

The Blue Flame Quintet

$55.00

The Blue Flame Quintet was written for the Lassiter High School Percussion Ensemble in 2005 and premiered at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Convention in Chicago. The quintet is scored for solo marimba (5 octave), and four accompanying multiple percussionists.”The work is roughly six minutes in duration and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. From a student ensemble perspective, it might be one of the most accessible of Burritt’s “marimba plus ensmeble” compositions.”-Percussive News

The Blue Flame Quintet was written for the Lassiter High School Percussion Ensemble in 2005 and premiered at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Convention in Chicago. The quintet is scored for solo marimba (5 octave), and four accompanying multiple percussionists.”The work is roughly six minutes in duration and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. From a student ensemble perspective, it might be one of the most accessible of Burritt’s “marimba plus ensmeble” compositions.”-Percussive News

The Offering

$12.00

A short, yet solemn work. This piece offers a perfect opportunity for the player to experiment with tone color and rubato while showing-off the resonance of the instrument.

A short, yet solemn work. This piece offers a perfect opportunity for the player to experiment with tone color and rubato while showing-off the resonance of the instrument.

White Pines – Marimba and Percussion Sextet

$55.00

White Pines was inspired by the energy, crispness and majesty of these snow-covered trees in the winter months near my home in New York. It is scored for solo marimba with both keyboard and battery percussion.
White Pines is originally the 2nd movement to a larger 3 movement work titled Home and is dedicated to and commissioned by the internationally renowned percussion group Nexus.

White Pines was inspired by the energy, crispness and majesty of these snow-covered trees in the winter months near my home in New York. It is scored for solo marimba with both keyboard and battery percussion.
White Pines is originally the 2nd movement to a larger 3 movement work titled Home and is dedicated to and commissioned by the internationally renowned percussion group Nexus.

Willow

$50.00

(for Solo Marimba soloist with Percussion Ensemble)
For solo marimba and percussion quartet. The marimba part can be played on either a 4.3 or 4.6 octave instrument. A perfect opportunity to feature an advanced high school or college player. Required for performance by contestants at Les JournZes de la Percussion 2003.

(for Solo Marimba soloist with Percussion Ensemble)
For solo marimba and percussion quartet. The marimba part can be played on either a 4.3 or 4.6 octave instrument. A perfect opportunity to feature an advanced high school or college player. Required for performance by contestants at Les JournZes de la Percussion 2003.

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