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“Three Moves for Marimba” by Paul Lansky


“Three Moves for Marimba” by Paul Lansky

Performed by Johnny Allen



M123 (M123)

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Medium soft. A very versatile mallet that covers the entire instrument.


M124 (M124)

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Medium. The most popular mallet in the series. Extraordinary range of color, which is easily manipulated by the performer.


M125 (M125)

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Medium hard. This is the most expressive mallet of the series and is an ideal choice for the modern marimba repertoire.


“Three Moves, written for, and dedicated to Nancy Zeltsman, has a curious origin. In the early 1990’s I wrote a piece called Hop for Nancy’s violin-marimba duo, Marimolin, with Sharan Leventhal. Hop ends with a ‘groove’ section and a few years later Nancy suggested the I write a whole solo marimba piece based on that. I did so and called it Hop(2). The piece sounded lonely so I added two movements Turn and Slide and Three Moves was born. Over the years I’ve been delighted with how many players have performed these pieces. They are fiendishly difficult and each new generation of players seem to play them better and better.”

– Paul Lansky


Paul Lansky (1944) is one of the pioneers of computer music but in recent years he has been turning his attention to instrumental music. Recent works include Ricercare Plus for string quartet, written for the Brentano Quartet, With the Grain, a guitar concerto written for David Starobin, Shapeshifters, for two pianos and orchestra (for Quattro Mani), Etudes and Parodies (horn violin and piano) for Bill Purvis (winner of the 2005 International Horn Society competition) Threads, written for Sō Percussion, and Travel Diary, commissioned by the Meehan/Perkins Duo. He has recently been writing orchestral music and was composer in residence with the Alabama Symphony in 2009-10. His orchestral work Imaginary Islands, commissioned by that group was premiered in May 2010. A CD of his orchestral music was released on Bridge Records in 2012.

He was on the faculty at Princeton University where he is now William Shubael Conant Professor of Music Emeritus


Whether he is playing chamber music in Carnegie Hall, a drum set concerto in the National Theatre of Ghana, or giving a marimba recital in a castle outside Salzburg, Jonny Allen performs with a passion and mastery that enthralls audiences and draws them into even the most contemporary of soundscapes. A strong advocate for percussion chamber music, Jonny is a member of Sandbox Percussion Quartet, an ensemble propelling the art form through vibrant performances of new works. As a drumset player, he performs most actively with Alloy Project, a trio that unites disparate genres and audiences through innovative arrangements, compositions and virtuosity. Jonny Allen has won prizes at both the International Chamber Music Competition and the International Marimba Competition in Salzburg. He was also a recipient of the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music where he completed a Bachelor’s degree in 2011. He is currently adjunct faculty at the Peabody Conservatory and Percussion Director at the Peabody Preparatory, Baltimore’s premier community school for the performing arts. He is also endorsed by the stick and mallet company, Vic Firth, as a part of their Young Artist Program.

Jonny holds both a Masters and an Artist Diploma in Percussion Performance from the Yale School of Music where he Studied with Professor Robert van Sice and performed with the world class Yale Percussion Group.

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