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Tales for Marimba Vol. 1

Composer: Sergei Golovko

Instrument: Marimba

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Published: 2016

Price: €18.00

Item details

  • Description +
    • After many years of playing and teaching marimba, it has become clear to me that there is a gap in the study repertoire for Intermediate/Advanced level players. 

      Tales for Marimba is a set of Pieces-Studies for the young marimba players, designed to develop their technical skills through a carefully planned musical and artistic experience. The program, image and artistic idea are revealed in the name of each study. 

      Volume 1 consists of 5 pieces at an Intermediate level of difficulty, while Volume 2 progresses to the Intermediate/Advanced level. Although the “musical language” of the piece-studies is very simple and easy to learn, however you will need to work hard on your technique to play them well. 

      In addition to the usual indications of dynamics, articulation and phrasing, sticking has been marked in all pieces. Following this sticking is very important.

  • Instrumentation +
    • Solo Marimba

  • 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.

  • Reviews +
    • "Thank you for contributing new marimba music that develops both technique and musicality. I find the compositions delightful and perfect for the developing marimbist. These collections should be in every teacher’s library.”

      James B. Campbell, UK College of Fine Arts School of Music


      "Sergei Golovko’s Tales for Marimba are a beautiful addition to the solo marimba repertoire.  They are reminiscent of the romantic volumes of childrens songs written for piano by Schuman and Tchiakovsky.  These works bring together idiomatic writing with musical value for the student or professional.“

      Michael Burritt, Eastman School of Music

  • Credits +
    • Front Cover graphics and layout: Gaia Gomes
      Photo: Joseph Darmenia
      Engraving: Johan Svitzer
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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