Notice: As of March 15, 2020, printed copies of my music from Full Circle Publications will temporarily not be available. The beautiful printed copies were put together by Diana at Long Island Music Engraving Services (same as Ivan Trevino and Anthony DiBartolo also used to use for printing), who passed away last week. I am in the process of locating a new print, will do so as soon as possible and let you all know. As always, and in the meantime all the music for sale through my website is still available in pdf file format. Steve Weiss Music may have printed copies in inventory, so you can always check with them at www.steveweissmusic.com. Please stay safe everyone!! Gordon
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
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.
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.
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..