The Works for Marimba Composed by Keiko Abe. Title, Year Composed, Premier Year/Place, Premier Performer, Publisher. 1, Frog, , Tokyo, Keiko. Keiko Abe is a Japanese composer and marimba player. She has been a primary figure in the development of the marimba, in terms of expanding both. Keiko Abe’s contributions to the contemporary marimba repertoire have been a and preparation of two major Keiko Abe’s compositions, Marimba d’Amore.

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She uses improvisation as an important element in developing her musical ideas which she then uses in her compositions. Macy accessed February 14,grovemusic. They recorded more than seven albums between and Inthe Yamaha Corporation sought Japanese marimba players to assist in the design of their new instruments; Keiko Abe was chosen for her original and clear ideas of the marimba sound and design, particularly her concept of how the marimba should be able to blend in ensembles, for example, moving away from the inconsistencies and lack of focus of folk percussion instruments.

She has added at least 70 compositions to the repertoire. During this period she had her own show on Japanese television, instructing schoolchildren in xylophone playing, as well as a radio show called “Good Morning Marimba”. Ways To Save Clearance Demo. Please select a value for each option before adding it to your wishlist.

In addition to her heavy composing, touring, and recording schedule, Abe has been a lecturer, then professor, at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo since Views Read Edit View history. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediatelyespecially if potentially libelous or harmful.


She has been a primary figure in the development of the marimba, in terms of expanding both technique and repertoire, and through her collaboration with the Yamaha Corporationdeveloped the modern five-octave concert marimba. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. You can also create an account for free. She attended Tokyo Gakugei University where she completed a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music education. Inshe and two friends who were also students of Asabuki founded the Xebec Marimba Trio, performing popular music, arrangements of folk songs and some of Abe’s arrangements.

Learn how and when to remove these template messages. New Pearl EM1 3. Abe has been closely associated with Yamaha ever since, and their first ever signature series of keyboard percussion mallets bears her name.

Abe, Keiko: Frogs

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Abe is active in promoting the development of literature for the marimba, not only by writing pieces herself, but also by commissioning works by other composers and encouraging young composers. This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification.

Her ideas for the desired sound of the instruments guided Yamaha’s design, and in the s began production. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Abe began playing the xylophone while in elementary school in TokyoJapanstudying under Eiichi Asabuki. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations.

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She also began her recording career, putting out 13 albums in a five-year span. Official Return Policy Shipping Every single order that goes out the door has a tracking fros that will be emailed to you, and all of it is completely insured. Read Reviews 0 Average User Rating.


Everything is carefully packed by hand – we know just how delicate keko stuff can be, and how important it is to you. It runs through many techniques and styles, including short one-handed rolls and a brief chorale. This item was added to your wishlist.

Frogs by Keiko Abe is her first marimba solo, and its one of percussionists’ favorites because of its playful character, moderate difficulty, and short duration. June Learn how and when to remove this template message. Her compositions, including “Michi”, “Variations on Japanese Children’s Songs”, and “Dream of the Cherry Blossoms”, zbe become standards of the ftogs repertoire.

Every single order that goes out the door has a tracking number that will be emailed to you, and all of it is completely insured. Written for four mallets, this solo rapidly changes range and dynamics, like a wildly jumping abee. In addition, at her urging, the range of the new marimba was stretched from four octaves to fgogs, which has become the standard for soloists.

At age 13, she won an NHK talent contest and began performing professionally on live radio. This page was last edited on 29 Octoberat This article has multiple issues. New Shot Tape From 4.

This solo has been a staple learning tool for marimbists across the world, and is a valuable addition to your library.