Composer: Gordon Stout

Title: Skylark Orange Circles

Category: Marimba Duo

Instrumentation: Two 5 Octave Marimbas

Difficulty: Advanced

Publisher: Keyboard Percussion Publications


This work is dedicated to the wonderful Japanese marimba virtuoso, Momoko Kamiya. The music is very dance like in quality, going over and over through mostly the same sequence of harmonies while melodic variations are developed. The melodic ideas become more and more like a bird (or flute) singing as the work progresses. A “skylark” is a bird (lark) that sings as it rises skyward. I sometimes see colors for certain pieces of music, and this music always struck me as having the color of orange associated with it. Therefore, as the music continually dances in a circular and joyful fashion, the “skylark” sings in the orange sky.

-Gordon Stout


A detailed list of Errata and corrections to the published score can be found on the composers website. The link is provided below:…


Annotated by Dan Pessalano