Concerto pour marimba et orchestre

Composition Date: 2007
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Orchestra with Soloist, Percussion Soloist


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Flute
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 4 x Horn
  • 2 x Trumpet
  • 2 x Trombone
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 1 x Marimba
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Marimba
  • 1 x Full orchestra
Programme Note:
I met Alejandra Odgers at the Université de Montréal in 2004 while we were both Doctoral students. At that time, Alejandra had approached me to better understand the technical characteristics of the marimba, an instrument she had chosen to showcase for her next composition. We really hit if off at our initial meeting and our first collaboration resulted in the creation of Moemi, concerto for marimba and orchestra. The work was hugely successful. It garnered the Prix de création en arts de la scène at the 2007 Gala de la culture de Longueuil in addition to being selected for the closing concert at the International NewMusic Festival Manuel Enriquez (FIMNME) in Mexico, June 8, 2008.
Alejandra’s compositional style is very unique. She was raised in Mexico, surrounded by marimbas (the marimba is a Mexican traditional instrument). During my stay in Mexico, I did indeed appreciate these traditional marimba ensembles that one can find at the open-air markets. To have initially known this instrument in a “non-classical” context makes it possible for Alejandra to provide a new approach to the marimba repertoire. Her style of writing brings elements of freshness by way of incorporating traditional influences.
Moemi is, in my opinion, an exceptional work and one of the most interesting concertos for marimba ever written. Through each of its four movements, the listener is immersed in an experience at once dynamic, lively, joyful and captivating. Alejandra’s skillful orchestration lets us discover rich textures and colours. In today’s context of symphonic music, where Canadian creation is encouraged, this work provides exactly what the public and many artistic directors are seeking, that is, a work that is original yet accessible, that reveals a new instrument to a public in search of discovery.

Credits: Catherine Meunier
Creator: Catherine Meunier
Subject: Moemi
Date Created: 2008

Premiere Information:
Date: 8 juin 2008 Lieu: Mexico Par: l'Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional Direction: José Luis Castillo Soliste: Catherine Meunier


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1340 O23moe
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Orchestra with Soloist, Percussion Soloist
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • November 5, 2008
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (v, 63 p.) ;
    68 Pages
    Height: 36 cm
    Width: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Orchestre: 2222/4220/perc, timbales, marimba solo/cordes
    Percussion: cymbale suspendue, triangle, grosse caisse bongos, congas, temple-blocs, fouet
    Partition écrite en do
    Originale CMC Montréal
    Remerciements à : Alan Belkin, Francisco Sanchez, Catherine Meunier, Raul Tudon, Robert Leroux et Alephsus
    Oeuvre gagnante dans la catégorie Création en arts de la scène au Gala de la culture de Longueuil
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