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Composer, teacher, marimbist, percussionist.
The photo above is from the Celebrate Musser Festival at Kutztown University, PA in November of 2015. I am performing Musser's G Major Prelude with Bob Becker and Yurika Kimura (who did the arrangement for three marimbas). Other pictures will soon follow in the Photo Gallery of the 120 piece marimba orchestra!!! (DONE-1/17/2016)
Please take note: I have recently updated by compositions list, adding over 15 new works composed in the last few years. Additionally, I have added over 30 sound files, so that you can listen to almost every piece that I have composed. Some of the sound files are mp3's created from the Sibelius files. As time goes on I will do my best to exchange live performances for the mp3 files. 1/17/2016
Recent publications with Keyboard Percussion Publications. All with KPP (www.mostlymarimba.com)
Acquiscent Blues (2013) is for vibraphone and marimba (5.0). Written for EASTHAMA (Lindsey Eastham and Hiro Nagahama, winners of the Soutern California Marimba Competition duo portion). A fast paced and exciting composition.
Whatever's More 2 (2010) for marimba (5.0) and string quartet. The marimba part is the same as the solo version. Now added are beautiful and lush string parts to accompany this beautiful marimba solos.
Manhattan Escapades (2012) for marimba duo (5.0 x 2). Premiered by Gordon and Kate Burns, an exciting and active duo for advanced players.
Tailoring for Two (2013)for marimba duo (5.0 x 2). Premiered by Gordon and Taylor Katanick, who this duo was composed for. One of Stout's favorite compositions in the last couple of years.
Uninhabited Admittance (2015)is for solo 5.0 marimba. It is lyrical, jazzy, rhythmically varied, and a great deal of fun to play. This should be an audience favorite, being in a largely tonal harmonic style, but with Stout’s unique vocabulary. Highly recommend for the advanced marimba recital.
Something To Do With Grace (2014)is for a 5.0 solo marimbist and eight percussionists. Written for James Armstrong, and his All-Star High School Percussion Ensemble in Lancaster, PA, and soloist Grace Asuncion. With a good advanced level high school marimbist and percussion ensemble, this should be a very programable work, that audiences will find interesting and accessible.
Outgoing 2 (2011)is for a difficult work for a large percussion ensemble of 12 players. It is an orchestration of the original version of Outgoing (for piano, marimba, timpani, and two percussion). This is, however, a very exciting composition, with lots of groove, intensity, and fun sections. Highly recommended for the advanced college percussion ensemble.
Four Faces (2014)is score for 5.0 marimba soloist, four percussionists, and electric bass. The percussion parts are written for all small, hand-held instruments (except for the cajon), with no drums, cymbals, tam tams, and other large and loud sounding percussion instruments. This was done so the marimbist wouldn’t have to play with excessive force to balance the quartet and bass. Rhythmically extremely interesting, and not at all like any other music for marimba solo and percussion quartet. Check it out!
Cerulian Landscape (2013) for solo marimba (5.0). Written for Kana Omori, this is a very expressive and beautiful work.
Outgoing (2011) for marimba (5.0), piano, timpani and two percussion. A difficult and major work of about 10 minutes, with a distant kind of relationship to the Bartok Sonata.
Somewhere in Africa There's A Whirlwind (2010) for two marimbas. Recorded by Marco Schirripa and Sean Gill on my new CD Welcome to Stoutland. A very exciting and challenging work for two five octave marimbas.
Afternoon Footprints (2014) for solo marimba (5.0). One of my most recent and beautiful compositions for solo marimba.
Announcing: Young Composers International (YCI)
This is an exciting new venture for me, and for some young composers of music for marimba and percussion from around the world, as well as everyone else in the percussive arts. I am making the music of young and talented composers from around the world available to all of you. This is music that otherwise would not be known, recognized, performed or celebrated outside of their home countries. This music is available for free download from the "Young Composers Int" section of my website. Print it. Perform it. Share it. Enjoy it. Stayed tuned for music from other young composers from time to time.
Ricardo David García Guédez is the third young composer to be featured here. He was born in La Asuncion, Nueva Esparta State, Venezuela on December 16, 1995. He started his music studies with Ecberth Lucena by playing violin in his school when he was 4 years old. But the time he was 6 he entered into the Infantile Orchestra of Nueva Esparta, where he was first exposed to percussion instruments. In 2005 he was in the first violin section of the Youth Orchestra of Nueva Esparta. He then started to think about changing to percussion, having been interested for some years. He attended percussion classes with Tobias Baum, but not until 2011 did he decide to switch from violin to percussion at the age of 15. At that time he was involved in the Special Education Ensemble, playing with the Brass Ensemble, and received the principal percussion position in the Regional Youth Orchestra. In 2013 he joined the professional orchestra of Nueva State, and the Percussion Trio of Nueva Esparta. He has studied with Sergio Gallardo, Matias Azpurua, Roger Carlsson, Felix Mendoza, El Negro Alvarez, Carlos Mosquera, and Ramon Granda. Lament for Vibraphone solo is his first composition, and was premiered at the 2015 Percussion International Festival of the Llanos. He is now studying at the Latin-American Academy of Percussion, in Venezuela with Professor Aquarius Zambrano, President of that academy and percussion in the Simon Bolivar Symphonic Orchestra. December 1, 2015
You can contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Youtube line of Lamento is: https://youtu/be/pXBzbuK9wH4
I have also now put up in the YCI listings my very first composition - March - written sometime in the early 1960's for piano. This was quite a number of years before my first marimba compositions (Elegy and Reverie, 1969). At the time I composed this work, I had not even started marimba yet, and my mother had to notate the music, because I didn't know how to at the time. Enjoy!!
José Alejandro Garcia Aponte is the first featured composer. He is a native of Venezuela and was born in 1996. He is founder of the Percussion Ensemble Llanos of Venezuela with whom he had the opportunity to tour in France. Jose has participated in various seminars with Fernando Meza, José Alicea, Roger Carlssonentre and others. He has participated in all the editions of the International Percussion Festival of the Llanos where he has shared experiences with teachers like Tom Toyama, Juan Alamo, Felix Mendoza, and Dave Samuels. As an orchestral musician he has been a part of the National Children's Orchestra of Venezuela twice, directed by conductors Gustavo Dudamel and Sir Simon Rattle. He was also invited by the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Caracas to its "Asia Tour 2013". Currently he is pursuing studies in composition and finishing his studies in percussion at the Conservatory of Music "Simon Bolivar" and the Latin Percussion Academy where he took classes with teachers from the Row Percussion Symphony Orchestra "Simon Bolivar ".
Three of his compositions are now available:
Sigh for solo vibraphone
Sigh Duó for vibraphone and marimba
Liberté, dans use chanson II for marimba and two percussionists.
You may view some performances of these compositions by going to YouTube, and typing in José Alejandro Garcia Aponte.
I hope you enjoy his music. Please email him directly if you like his music: let him know if you download a copy and if there are any possible future performances: email@example.com. September 20, 2015
Matheus Moresco is the second featured composer. Matheus is from Brazil. He is a musician, who graduated from the University of Passo Fundo with a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion and Music Education. He participates in the institution Percussion Group coordinated by Prof. Hatem Samir, and has also participated for eight years in the Jazz Group and Chamber Orchestra, university extension groups. Born in Passo Fundo, RS, Brazil in 1989. He began studying piano at seven years old, later had interest in drums and soon after by the saxophone. Currently engaged in the study of the vibraphone, Matteus is also a drummer in some bands and professor of percussion and music education in public schools and social projects.
He lived in Argentina where he had timpani classes at Universidad Nacional Del Litoral with Arturo Vergara, and festivals throughout Latin America with Gordon Stout, Ney Rosauro, John Wooton, Dan Moore, Frank Kumor, Christian Hirth, Esteban Gutierrez, Walter Barraza, Edgar Villa Vicencio, Clarissa Severo de Borba, Gutjard Douglas, Fernando Hashimoto, Eduardo Gianesella, Carlos Stasi, John Boudler, among others.
Five of his compositions are featured here, and are now available:
Brot No. 1, for flute, marimba, vibraphone and acoustic bass.
Brot No.2, for flute(2), tenor saxophone, vibraphone, marimba, contrabass(2) and six percussionists.
Para Natália, for solo vibraphone
Para Natália, for vibraphone, piano, percussion(7), and electric bass
Para Natália, for vibraphone, piano and strings
I hope you enjoy the music of Matheus Moresco. Please download a copy. Please perform his music at any time. If you do perform any of his compositions, please email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Links to midi performances are located at:
My most recent CD - Welcome to Stoutland has been available since May 25, 2014. In contains much of my chamber music written in the last ten years or so (all published by Keyboard Percussion Publications: www.mostlymarimba.com). Please see What's New for track listings. You might also check out the new Wilder Duo Live double CD. It is for sale in the Store section, now at a reduced price!! It can also be downloaded at: http://cdbaby.com/cd/gordonstout and iTunes.
Now you can also find errata for Skylark Orange Circles, Sedimental Stuctures, Rumble Strips, Northern Lights (Ewazen), plus the 5.0 version of the last section of Astral Dance, in the Errata section. Click on the comment link for each one individually you would like to share. Note: the comment links have been disabled on 6/26/14, because of extensive spamming. At this time, you will need to take a picture of the errata you are in need of (Mac users can use Grab, or similar program). Sorry about that.
New to the errata section: PASIC 2014 Keyboard Sight Reading Lab Materials list.