The Russian Marimba Concerto
Composer: Sergei Golovko
Instrument: Marimba and Orchestra
Duration: 20-22 min.
Legends and tales are a part of culture, traditions, customs and history of people. Growing up like many generations of children, I was brought up with glorious and magnificent Russian and Ukrainian folk tales.
Migrating to Australia in 1996 and finding a new home in the beautiful country that Australia is, I still feel a strong Russian influence on my playing and composition style.
Like any other composer/performer who uses traditional melodies of their native country in their pieces, I often play Russian melodies and find myself improvising on them. This is how I came up with idea of writing The Russian Marimba Concerto.
By composing this concerto, I would like show my enormous love and appreciation to Russia and the Russian people, respect to my friends and colleagues in the past, and to pay tribute to my teachers.
The concerto consists of three movements: Untold Legends (Allegro resoluto, ma non tanto), Stories of Old (Lento) and The Fair “Maslenitsa” (Allegramente di bravura).
The first movement displays a contrast between the Russian history associated with many wars and legends about Russian warriors from fairytales (like the famous Illia of Murom for instance). The middle section in this movement depicts how Russians very much appreciate peace.
The second movement is very dramatic. It starts with a famous Russian folk song, which was sung by slaves. There is a lot of emotional pain and also protest, believing for peace and happiness in the future.
In contrast to the second movement, the third movement is about the celebration of the rite of spring. People are saying goodbye to winter, and inviting the new season, spring. The music is full of smiles, jokes and hope for a better life. In the middle section of this movement you can hear a melody of the famous Russian folk dance “Barynya” used by many Russian composers in the past.
Marimba and Piano (Piano Reduction)
2 Clarinets in Bb
2 F/horns in F
2 Trumpets in Bb
Also available optional extra parts:
3rd and 4th F/horns in F
3rd Trombone Tuba
First performance in Melbourne 3 December 2016 with Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra.
Orchestral material on hire
About the composer +
Sergei completed his studies at the Moscow State Conservatory and Russian Academy of Music under Professor Dmitri Lukyanov. Acclaimed virtuoso marimba and xylophone soloist, Sergei has toured internationally and been awarded prizes and honorary diplomas at domestic and international festivals such as the National Percussion Contest, the International Festival in Korea and the Vienna-Music and Radio-France Festivals in Europe. Sergei's colourful interpretations of famous compositions, combined with master marimba technique that he has acquired have attracted tremendous public appeal. Australian audiences had many opportunities to see Sergei in action that blitzed the critics “…a dazzling performance by a man with helium hands…Sergei Golovko gave us percussive pyrotechnics”. (Michael J.Easton. Herald Sun).
Sergei was teaching at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne (1997-2006), he was Artistic Director of the Australian Drummers Show Band (1998-2000), Musical Director and Conductor for the Australia Day Concerts on Federation Square in Melbourne. He was working with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, playing as a guest-soloist on ABC Radio and Television, also playing shows, doing recordings for movies, commercial advertisements and participating in Melbourne International Festivals.
Sergei is an International Master Educator Endorser with “Malletech” (USA), Marimba and Xylophone soloist, Workshops presenter with Musica Viva and Victorian Department of Education. Currently Sergei is Director of the Australian Percussion Academy Pty Ltd., Artistic Director of the Australian Marimba Competitions, Head of Percussion at the McKinnon SC and Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School.
Front Cover graphics and layout: Gaia Gomes
Photo: Joseph Darmenia
Engraving: Sergei Golovko and Johan Svitzer
Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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