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David R. Gillingham's Concerto No. 2 for Marimba: A Transcription for Marimba and Chamber Ensemble

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Andrew Lance Dancy (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Advisor
Cort McClaren

Abstract: The marimba is an ancient instrument, although a newcomer to the concert stage. Paul Creston wrote his Concertino for Marimba, Op. 21 in 1940. Ruth Stuber Jeanne gave the premiere performance of this first marimba concerto on April 29, 1940 at Carnegie Chamber Music Hall with the Orchestrette Classique, Frederique Petrides, conductor. Creston later arranged his work for wind band, possibly understanding the increased performance venue possibilities. Since that time, composers have written hundreds of concerti for marimba and various ensembles. These concerti include accompaniments such as orchestra, percussion ensemble, piano reduction, wind ensemble/symphonic band, and chamber ensemble. Concerti for marimba and winds is a growing genre. Over twenty original works exist for marimba and winds dating from 1973 to 2008. A recent addition is Concerto No. 2 for Marimba by David R. Gillingham. Commissioned by a consortium of individuals and universities, the work is scored for solo marimba with full wind ensemble accompaniment. Professional and amateur marimbists may find difficulty in performing a concerto with the original accompaniment. Such large instrumental forces are not always easily accessible. Arrangements of concerti for smaller chamber ensembles may allow for more performance opportunities in a larger variety of venues. In examining the need for more accessible arrangements, a survey and description of existing works originally conceived for marimba and winds, which includes present versions of each work was incorporated. The purpose of this document was to provide a transcription of Gillingham's Concerto No. 2 for Marimba arranged for chamber winds. The document includes information concerning the procedures used for the transcription and suggestions for further research.

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Publication
Dissertation
Language: English
Date: 2008
Keywords
marimba, Paul Creston, Ruth Stuber Jeanne, concerto, Concerto No. 2 for Marimba, David R. Gillingham, marimbists
Subjects
Marimba $v History.
Concertos (Marimba).
Marimba music.
Creston, Paul, $d 1906-1985. $t Concertinos, $m marimba, orchestra, $n op. 21
Jeanne, Ruth
Gillingham, David. $t Concertos, $m marimba, wind ensemble