Self-Portrait #2, by Gordon Stout.  1976. Copyright G&C Music.

Self-Portrait #2, by Gordon Stout. 1976. Copyright G&C Music.

Please feel free to browse through the many compositions of mine contained in this section of my website.  The following is a summary of what you will find, as of January 22, 2020.  More pieces to come soon.  I am ALWAYS writing music. 

40 marimba solo

27 marimba with other instrument 

8 marimba duos 

13 percussion ensembles

 1 marimba quartet 

1 Concerto (two marimbas & wind ensemble) 

1 method book 

4 marimba orchestra

Vistas of Amfikaia (2020).  For solo 5.0 marimba.   Originally composed in 2018 for the students of the Milkov Summer Marimba Camp in Amfikaia, Greece.  Revised in 2020 and now dedicated to Márton Szives.  A moderately difficult solo, which should be excellent for any college level performance.

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Prolific Platitudes (2016). For percussion quartet.  Instrumentation:  xylophone, two marimbas (4.0 and 5.0), and drum set.  A fun piece, written for the graduate percussion quartet at Ithaca College, and premiered in 2016.  Very playable by any college or advanced high school group.

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Look Forward With Your Feet (2016).  Written for and premiered at PASIC 2016 for the Univerisity of Texas at Austin group.  Andrew Sickmeier, marimba.  Tom Burritt, director. Excellent work to feature an advanced marimbist.  Percussion instrumentation:  3 cymbals, Venezuelan marimbas, bongos, high drum, and low drum.  Not a hastle to set up or go on the road with.  Received lots of positive comments at PASIC.

Emerald Romp (2017).   A romping and exciting work for this trio combination.  It is an advanced work, that has yet to be premiered.  Check it out.

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 Sinfonietta(2019)  is Stout’s fourth composition for marimba orchestra, and was commissioned and composed in 2019 for the Kitakyushu Marimba Orchestra RIM in Japan, premiered on March 15, 2020.  It is very much a “classical” piece in structure, being in three movements:  Tarantella, Song, and Pas de deux.  It requires a group with much musical depth and great technical sophistication, but I am very confident that the members of the Kitakyushu Marimba Orchestra group will be more than up to the challenge. 

The Tarantella is a rapid whirling dance originating in southern Italy, in this case in a changing meter rhythmic environment, but with a similar fast upbeat tempo. 

The Song is a beautiful movement in a folk song style., but with strong rhythmic metric structures. 

The Pas de deux features pairs of instruments, most frequently with marimbas 1 & 2 and 3 & 4 being paired together. 

Sinfonietta is played continuously from one movement to the next.  I hope you enjoy this music.  I had a wonderful time composing it.  I love marimba orchestra!  The amazing sounds of the RIM  marimba orchestra are great.  This is an amazing performance.. 

GBS