Music of Musser’s International Marimba Symphony Orchestra, volume 4; arranged by Clair Omar Musser, edited by Willis M. Rapp. ISBN 978-1-57463-194-4, $34.99. Three marimba ensembles including Mignon Overture by Thomas, ‘Largo’ from The New World Symphony by Dvorak and Prelude in E Minor by Chopin. 9 x 12, score and 5 individual marimba parts as inserts.
These arrangements by Musser were for his 100-piece marimba orchestra comprised of 50 young men and 50 young women between the ages of 17 and 25. Performances with the orchestra took place in 1935 in Paris, Brussels and New York’s famed Carnegie Hall. With a foreword by Willis Rapp detailing the historical significance of this series, extensive program notes and notes about this edition included in this historically significant publication, these ensembles are a must for any marimba ensemble.