Leyenda (for percussion ensemble and solo marimba). By Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909). Arranged by Gifford Howarth. Marimba Solo with Percussion Ensemble. For solo marimba (low A or low E), 2 glockenspiel, xylophone, 2 vibraphones, 2 marimbas (low A), chimes, timpani, snare drum, bass drum, mark tree, castanets, 2 suspended cymbals, bongos, 2 triangles, 4 concert toms, tambourine, piccolo snare, tam tam, crash (14 players). Concert Percussion Ensembles. Ensemble: Easy; Solo: Medium-Advanced. Score and parts on CD-ROM. 24 pages. Duration 5'50". Published by Tapspace Publications (TA.TSPCE-14).
As one of the most famous Spanish classical guitar pieces of the 20th century, "Asturias-Leyenda" by Albeniz has found its way to the rosewood bars of the marimba in many different renditions. Gifford Howarth's new arrangement can stand alone as its own marimba solo, or better yet can feature a large ensemble of mostly beginning-level accompaniment. This works very well to have younger groups backing a featured solo performer and offers a fresh new take on this classic piece of literature.