– Versions with String Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Percussion
Ensemble or Piano reduction.

Opus #12

I. Saudação (Greetings)
II. Lamento (Lament)
III. Dança (Dance)
IV. Despedida (Farewell)

The most popular marimba concerto of all time. The concerto is superbly written for the unique timbre and virtuoso technical qualities of the marimba.” – Percussive Notes

Level: advanced
Duration: 18 min.

Available for:

Solo Marimba (low A) and String Orchestra (EZ-Rent in PDF) or Hard copy rental.
Marimba and Strings Perusal score

Solo Marimba and Symphonic Band (EZ-Rent in PDF)
A new revised arrangement with better articulations for a more affordable instrumentation.
picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 clar, b.clar, 2 bsn, alt.sax, ten.sax, 4, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, euph, tba, timp, 3 perc.
CMO Band Perusal

For Solo Marimba and Wind Ensemble.
This is an old version and is only available for rental in hard copies – It is recommended to use the arrangement for Marimba and Symphonic Band.( Both have the same music and difficulty)

Sample PDF with W.E. (Opens in a new tab)

Solo Marimba and Percussion Ensemble (soloist + 6 players) (PDF and Hard copy)
xyl, vib, b.mrb, perc, drums, timp
Sample PDF (Opens in a new tab)

Solo Marimba with Piano reduction (Hard copy)
Sample PDF(Opens in a new tab)

Solo Marimba and Brass Band – Arranged by Dave Danford: this version is available through Alto Publications in U.K.
For more info please visit the site <> or send an email to <>

Program Note

The Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra was written in June and July of 1986 in Brasilia and is dedicated to the composer’s son Marcelo. The work was originally written for marimba and string orchestra but has also a piano reduction and versions with accompaniment of Percussion Ensemble and Symphonic Band (Wind Ensemble).

With the commercial success of a 1990 CD and video by Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie and the London Symphony Orchestra, the Concerto rapidly came to be regarded as part of the standard literature for percussion. It is considered to be the most popular marimba concerto of all times, and has been performed by more than 3.000 orchestras worldwide.

The concerto contains four movements – unusual for the concerto form ? which follow the fast-slow-fast pattern, with the medium tempo third movement inserted before the vigorous finale. Some Brazilian motifs and jazz elements are used throughout the piece, which contains strong rhythmic patterns and catchy melodies. The marimba leads the thematic material throughout much the piece, and as a result, the marimba part of certain movements can be performed solo, without orchestral accompaniment. The solo part explores the many possibilities of modern four-mallet technique, and according to reviews from Percussive Notes magazine “the concerto is superbly written for the unique timbre and virtuoso technical qualities of the marimba.”

Watch Ney Rosauro’s performance, phrasing and musicality


IMPORTANT : N.R. Teaches how to play the Concerto




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EZ-Rent: Solo Marimba with String Orchestra, Solo Marimba with Symphonic Band

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Solo Marimba with String Orchestra

Available also as rental material.
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Solo Marimba and Percussion Ensemble, Solo Marimba with Piano

Available in hard copy through the major percussion sellers.
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