We all know that YouTube has become the default resource for percussionists and educators who wish to view performances of 4 mallet marimba literature. Unfortunately, within this vast landscape, mostly created by the “selfie generation”, there’s a LOT of not-so-great videos that you’ll need to sift through in order to find a performance with note accuracy AND musicality.Welcome to the Vic Firth “Marimba Literature Library” – a new resource that will attempt to solve that problem! We’ve polled our College Education Team to find the top 100 pieces that make up a ‘standard’ list of what most high school & early college age marimbists will encounter, and we set out to record them with some of the most talented young percussionists in the country.
What you will find here are some of the best representations of the early marimba solos and etudes available. Even though we’re starting with a small sampling of this growing genre of music, we have many, many more pieces that will be added to our library as time goes by.
We hope you will find this resource valuable and will return often to view new performances as they become available!