Marimba-Malimba! is a challenging, exciting and evocative work. It's rhythmic energy propels the music and stirs the spirit, and it can be played by bass quartet alone, or with African drums, marimba or both. The Sowetan-style choral writing is beautifully written and it has been successful in performance.
"A very exciting piece." [ISB]
"Tony Osborne needs so introduction to the bass world and his prolific compositions are always greeted with enthusiasm, adding that little 'je ne sais quoi'. Marimba-Malimba" is noe exception and evokes an exhilarating mix of African percussion with driving bass rhythms. This is a very enjoyable work and deserves a place in any bass concert...It did strike me that if drums are used instead of marimba, doesn't that defeat the object of playing a piece called Marimba-Malimba? My advice to the composer is HAVE BOTH!" [Bass News]
"...[Marimba-Malimba!] displays a charming fondness for unlikely instrumental combinations - it is scored for bass quartet and either African drums or marimba...Commissioned for Bass-Fest 1999, this work has a rhythmic, African feel, with strong jazz influences, and it gives each quartet member the opportunity to explore the upper end of the fingerboard. Osborne's work joyfully evokes the sound of a Sowetan choir, and it could be performed with an expanded percussion element." [Double Bassist]
Performance Level: Advanced
Tony Osborne is an important educationalist and prolific composer who has made a significant and unique contribution to the double bass repertoire over the past 35 years. His solo music for young bassists is included by many international examination boards, and his many ensembles pieces are performed at workshops and concerts throughout the world. Tony Osborne notes the influences of Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein, alongside some of the Russian masters, on his music, which he combines with a jazzy, rhythmic and energetic style that has been popular with players and audiences worldwide.
Born in 1947 into a musical family, Tony Osborne studied at the Royal Academy of Music (London) with John Walton (double bass) and Richard Stoker (composition), and divides a busy career between composing, teaching and performing. A very prolific composer and arranger, Tony's original compositions include works in almost every genre, notably Chaconne Syncopations and Wainwright's Ways for brass quintet, Celebration Fanfare for brass ensemble, the musical A Fine Time for Wine, a beautiful and dramatic Requiem and many works for string orchestra.
In 2001 Tony Osborne was elected an ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music) for his pioneering and important work for double bass, and has been a featured composer at Bass-Fest for the past decade. He was a very successful BIBF Composer-in-residence in 2002-3 and wrote a number of impressive and innovative works for the project. He has been a judge for the British Composer Awards over the past few years and has been a judge for the BIBF Composition Competition since 1999. Recital Music held a concert of Tony Osborne's music at Wells Cathedral School in 2012, to celebrate the composer's 65th birthday, and has formulated a 10-year project to publish all his works for double bass.