A marimba is a big, deeper-voiced xylophone.
To play it
As with the xylophone, you stand over it and strike the wooden bars with beaters, usually made of wood, plastic, rubber or latex.
The sound of the marimba is softer and more mellow than the sound of the xylophone. It sounds a bit exotic and tropical!
Do You Know?
See if you can answer the questions below!
● What are the keys of a marimba usually made of?
● The marimba is…
● Where is a marimba found?
● Which instrument is the marimba most similar to?
● How is the marimba’s sound different from the xylophone’s?
Play More Music!
Here is more music to listen to. Click the + to see tracks and information about each work!
Selected Marimba Extracts
Rodion Konstantinovich Shchedrin (b. 1932)
Carmen Suite: First Intermezzo (extract)
The marimba builds energy with its tune, which is answered by the rest of the orchestra.
Performers: Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra; Theodore Kuchar
Taken from Naxos 8.553038