More compositions now available!

There are now 12 compositions published by Full Circle Publications.  The second group of six are:

-DF-2 (Don't Forget Domain Forget)


-Never Less the Same (for Eriko Daimo)

-Etude in A minor

-Reminiscences of One's Time (for Naoko Takada)

-On the Other Hand (A Vignette)

As before, they are available both in digital and beautifully printed formats.  Check them out.  Recording (mostly midi are ready for you to listen to in the Compositions section of this website.

A great friend and marimba busy of mine, Larissa Venzie said:  "I really hope people have the sense to purchase all this newer music from you. I think they’re the perfect combination of meaty, pretty, and satisfying to play without being ridiculous marimba Olympics or too avant-garde, you know?  LV

Another great friend of mine, Adam Blackstock recently commented on a tour to Ukraine, "Your music captures the true voice of the instrument and allows the marimba to possess tangible emotions. No one else is close. Just ask the folks in Ukraine! They went fucking NUTS for your music. I played One Last Breath, Beads, Whatever’s More, Wood that Sings, Mexican Dances, and Rumble Strips. They were blown away. Four encores later, they let me sit down. ' AB


Reminiscences of One's Time (2017)

This beautiful composition was written for Naoko Takada in 2017).  It is sort of my version of Legend, by Albéniz, having a kind of Spanish quality.  It is meaty, interesting, tonally conceived, but not so difficult it turns into marimba olympics.  It should be a staple of college level recital literature, and will please marimbists and all others as well.


Epitaph (2018)

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This is one of my most beautiful and poignant compositions to date.  In the tradition of One Last Breath, the essence of this piece is the choral.  The midi recording is obviously not a good representation of the sound, as no rolls indications are used in the score (Sibelius mid rolls are ridiculous and stupid sounding), so it will play quite sparsely.  

It was composed at a time in my life when many of my friends were going through serious emotional issues with their families in one way or another:  Dean Witten, Larissa Venzie, Nora Clerc, Lindsey Eastham, Grace Asucion, Yurika Kimura, and Jeff Meyer.  This piece is a representation of the sorrow I had for these wonderful friends of mine, and is dedicated to them and their loved ones.


Never Less the Same (2018)

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This tour de force composition was composed and premiered by marimba virtuoso Eriko Daimo.  It was premiered on October 5, 2018 at Ithaca College, as part of my last faculty recital before retirement.  This work should become standard repertoire for marimba competitions (I hope!), and those wanting a serious, substantial, and virtuoso advanced level composition.  One of Stout's best.  Eriko performed a half dozen times around the world following the premiere, including in Japan.  It might be described as like Sedimental Structures, but technically and musically more advanced and sophisticated.


On the Other Hand (A Vignette) (2018)

This composition was written for and premiered at my last Ithaca College faculty recital on my birthday (October 5th) in 2018.  Is is a sweet piece, with typical Stout harmonic progressions and would be great for college level recitals - it is interesting, challenging, meaty, fun to play, but without being concerned with marimba olympics or being avant grade.  

Etude in A minor (2017)

This is an Etude in the tradition of Musser's etudes for marimba.  It is based entire on double vertical strokes, in an a/b/a form.  In the first and third sections the strokes are alternating hands, and in the middle section together in both hands.  It is a fun piece, that is seemingly simple, but no too easy to execute, but interesting  musically and with an easy to listen to harmonic vocabulary. Available from and Full Circle Publications in both digital and printed formats.  Enjoy!


Etude in A minor

DF-2 (2016)

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I began composing this piece while teaching at the Domain Forget summer music program a couple of summers ago.  The title DF-2 means "Don't Forget Domain Forget", and commemorates the wonderful time I had teaching the students there and performing  with the Sixtrum percussion group.  

It was premiered by Ken Neth on his senior recital at Ithaca College.  This piece has a kind of earthy, folk-like quality to it, but with the rhythmic and harmonic vocabulary typical of my music.

Vals Contempt (2016), by Nick Merillat

Vals Contempt is inspired by the many waltz styles of South America, but it does not attempt to be a faithful adaptation. The Vals (meaning “waltz” in Spanish) is present in this music, but the harmonies take some adventurous turns.Vals is also a homonym with False, and the title very nearly reads “False Contempt.”  The identity of this music depends on the ears present in the jury. Commissioned by Derek Wohl. Premiered March 1, 2016 at Ithaca College.  There is a really beautiful performance of this work on my YouTube channel, performed by Katie McInerney at Ithaca College.

Crystal Vaults (2016)

Crystal Vaults is an exciting new composition by Gordon Stout.  It is dedicated to Lindsey Eastham, who did the premiere performance.  Recordings can be found in the Composition section of my website, and on my YouTube channel.

Full Circle (2019)

Full Circle is one of my newest marimba solos, and is dedicated to Ruth Komanoff Underwood, who is the former mallet percussion specialist with Frank Zappa.

Etude in A Major (Happy!) (2018)

Etude in A Major is subtitled Happy!, and was composed after a difficult period in my life, during which many dear friends passed away.  It is an intermediate level 4 mallet  solo, that is perfectly suited to the advanced high school or younger college student.  It is enjoyable and happy music!  There is a midi recording (for now) in the Compositions section of my website.