A number of marimba
s, usually over 20, all playing one piece of music. The orchestration
for marimba choir is often an exact translation
from string oprchestration, since very few pieces if any are actually written for marimba choir.
The largest marimba choir ever was April 2, 1996 at the University of North Texas
. Myself and 61 other people all piled onto a stage at UNT and played an arrangement of Samuel Barber
's Adagio For Strings
with 58 marimbas and four bass marimba
s. The orchestration was in ten parts, featuring Violin
I(a and b) and II(a and b), Viola
I(a and b) and II, and Cello
I and II (a and b).
Maybe I'm biased but a marimba is one of the most beautiful instruments I've ever heard, and that many of them playing like strings sounded like a choir of angels
. Go see a marimba choir if you ever get the chance.