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..