Performance Spotlight:
NEY ROSAURO's
Concerto for Marimba
and Percussion Ensemble

In this exclusive video series, world renowned composer and performer Ney Rosauro performs the most popular marimba concerto in the world today, his own “Concerto for Marimba” – with the University of Miami Percussion Ensemble.


A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ney has developed a successful international career as a percussionist, composer and pedagogue. He is an immensely popular composer of percussion concerti with an average of 150 performances each year by distinguished orchestras and wind ensembles worldwide. His numerous compositions and method books have become standards in the percussion repertoire and his CDs have been hailed by critics, percussionists and general music-lovers alike.

As soloist and pedagogue he has presented courses, solo concerts and performances with orchestras in around the world.



PROGRAM NOTES:
Ney Rosauro's Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra was written in June and July of 1986 in Brasília and is dedicated to the composer's son Marcelo. The work was originally written for marimba and string orchestra and was premiered in the USA the same year with the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin under the direction of Manuel Prestamo. The Wind Ensemble version is arranged by Dr. Thomas McCutchen.

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 today, and has been performed by more than eight hundred 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 PERFORM HIS “CONCERTO FOR MARIMBA”
WITH THE U. MIAMI PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE!
I) Saudação (Greetings)

Mallet Selection for mvt I includes:  Marimba Solo:  M223 (Alternate: M224, M228)
Xylo: M132, M134, M141; Vibraphone: M229; B.Marimba: M221; Perc: M130; Drumset: RUTE606, HB; Timp: GEN7GEN6GEN5

II) Lamento (Lament)

Mallet Selection for mvt I includes:  Marimba Solo:  M221 (left hand), M222 (right hand)
Xylo: M141; Vibraphone: M226; B.Marimba: M221; Perc: CH; Drumset: GB4, BCS1; Timp: GEN4

III) Dança (Dance)

Mallet Selection for mvt I includes:  Marimba Solo:  M222 (bass position), M223 (top 3)
Xylo: M229,M141; Vibraphone: M227; B.Marimba: M221; Perc: CH; Drumset: 5A; Timp: GEN5

IV) Despedida (Farewell)

Mallet Selection for mvt I includes:  Marimba Solo:  M223 (Alternate: M224, M228)
Xylo:M141; Vibraphone: M229; B.Marimba: M221; Perc: CH; Drumset: RUTE606; Timp: GEN6

Concerto Considerations from Ney






CHECK OUT NEY’S SIGNATURE LINE VIC FIRTH PRODUCTS:

Ney Rosauro designed this special series of marimba and vibraphone mallets to reflect the sound he desires for his award winning compositions. Rattan shafts and rubber cores coupled with special yarn and cord choices assure the player of a pure and natural sound that projects the full capabilities of the instrument.

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT VIDEO
Ney shares his thoughts behind the design of his signature keyboard mallets!



For Marimba:
Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Soft. For rich bass and well defined fundamental in the lower register. With rattan shafts.
L = 16 3/4"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Soft. For rich bass and well defined fundamental in the lower register. With birch shafts.
L = 16 3/4"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Medium Soft. Produces a warm and round sound while maintaining clear articulation. With rattan shafts.
L = 16 3/4"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Medium Soft. Produces a warm and round sound while maintaining clear articulation. With birch shafts.
L = 16 3/4"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Medium Hard. A versatile and general mallet that produces full and natural sound throughout the entire keyboard. With rattan shafts.
L = 16 3/4"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Medium Hard. A versatile and general mallet that produces full and natural sound throughout the entire keyboard. With birch shafts.
L = 16 3/4"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Hard. Cuts well‚ but still maintains a pure fundamental sound. With rattan shafts.
L = 16 3/4"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Hard. Cuts well‚ but still maintains a pure fundamental sound. With birch shafts.
L = 16 3/4"
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For Vibraphone:
Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Soft. Designed specifically for the low register of the extended range vibraphone.
L = 15 3/4"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Medium. For full and extremely rich sound throughout the keyboard.
L = 15 3/4"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Hard. A heavier mallet that provides more articulation and is ideal for large halls.
L = 15 3/4"
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Hybrid:
Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
General. An all purpose mallet for rich‚ full sound on any keyboard.
L = 16 1/4"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Keyboard
Very Hard. A very articulate and extremely powerful mallet.
L = 16 1/4"
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Ney Rosauro Signature Snare Stick (SNR)
Featues an elongated tip with increased surface area for enhanced sound quality. long taper provides excellent rebound. Hickory
L = 16.56" | Dia. = .600"
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