for mallet ensemble

Written: 1991
 Duration: 5'
 Instrumentation: marimba ensemble (two xylophones and four 4 1/3 octave marimbas)
 For John Beck and the Eastman Marimba Ensemble
World PremiereEastman Marimba Ensemble, John Beck, conductor, Eastman School of Music, Kilbourn Hall, Rochester, NY, December 13, 1991.
Publisher: Bill Holab Music
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Excerptia Overture was written for John Beck and the Eastman Marimba Ensemble. It contains popular xylophone excerpts taken exclusively from music by composers who lived in the U.S. and Russia. The piece begins with a famous xylophone excerpt from Porgy & Bess by George Gershwin and ends with an excerpt from The Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky.

Excerpts Included in This Work:

American in Paris – George Gershwin
Colas Breugnon – Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky
Firebird Suite  – Igor Stravinsky
Golden Age Polka – Dmitri Shostakovich
Outdoor Overture – Aaron Copland
Overture to Candide – Leonard Bernstein
Petrushka – Igor Stravinsky
Porgy & Bess – George Gershwin
Sabre Dance (from the ballet Gayane) - Aram Khachaturian
Scythian Suite – Sergei Prokofiev
Shepard's Hey – Percy Grainger