What is the Marimba?
The Marimba is a keyboard percussion instrument popular mainly with composers. Falling under the category of orchestral instruments, the Marimba has a distinctively warm and resonant sound.
To sound the Marimba, wooden keys or bars are struck with mallets. The modern Marimba usually has a rose wood keyboard and brass pipe resonators. The 5 octave large Marimbas have the ability to produce a variety of low notes.
The Marimba is recognised as the National Instrument of Guatemala.
Marimba Players & Composers –
Those players and composers who popularised the Marimba and used it extensively in composing music etc include –
- Jack Imel
- Nanae Mimura
- Mark Ford
- Oliver Messiaen
- Thomas Burritt
- Evelyn Glennie
- Keiko Abe
- Toru Takimitsu
- Colin Currie
- Pedro Carneiro, among others.
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