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Xylophone Concerto

for xylophone and orchestra

Year:  2007   ·  Duration:  19m
Instrumentation:  2(picc)22(bcl)2; 221Btbn0; 2perc; pn; strings(88663min) xylophone solo

Year:  2007
Duration:  19m
Instrumentation  2(picc)22(bcl)2; 221Btbn0; ...

Karlo Margetic

Composer:   Karlo Margetic

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Karlo Margetic: Xylophone c...

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We often think of the xylophone as an inexpressive colour instrument, best suited for slapstick cartoon music or to fortify those wonderful orchestral tutti by Shostakovich. However after hearing Brent Stewart play a virtuosic piece by a classmate of mine I realised that in the right hands a xylophone is actually not the ‘joke instrument’ it is commonly perceived to be. In its lower range it is capable of (almost) marimba-like sostenuto sonorities and its high range is brilliant and commanding, capable of cutting through the entire orchestra.

The Xylophone Concerto was written for percussionist Brent Stewart.

Dedication note

Dedicated to Brent Stewart

Contents note

three movements

Performance history

16 May 2008: Performed by Brent Stewart (xylophone) and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Tecwyn Evans at Auckland Town Hall

17 Aug 2008: Performed by Wellington Youth Orchestra with Brent Stewart (xylophone) and conductor Greg Squire at the Wellington Town Hall.

02 Sep 2009: 2009 NZSO-SOUNZ Readings 2