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Skylark Orange Circles

Duet for two marimbasSkylark Orange Circles is dedicated to the wonderful Japanese marimba virtuoso, Momoko Kamiya. The music is very dance-like in quality, going over and over through mostly the same sequence of harmonies while melodic variations are developed. The melodic ideas become more and more like a bird (or flute) singing as the work progresses.

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Gordon Stout (b.1952) is currently Professor of Percussion at the School of Music, Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y., where he has taught percussion since 1980.

Duet for two marimbas

Skylark Orange Circles is dedicated to the wonderful Japanese marimba virtuoso, Momoko Kamiya. The music is very dance-like in quality, going over and over through mostly the same sequence of harmonies while melodic variations are developed. The melodic ideas become more and more like a bird (or flute) singing as the work progresses.

Says Stout of the piece, “A ‘skylark’ is a bird (lark) that sings as it rises skyward. I sometimes see colors for certain pieces of music, and this music always struck me as having the color of orange associated with it. Therefore, as the music continually dances in a circular and joyful fashion, the ‘skylark’ sings in the orange sky.”

Watch Marco Schirripa and Andrew Dobos perform Gordon Stout’s Skylark Orange Circles.

Difficulty

Advanced

Performance Type

Duet