Andrew Beall | TESTAMENT: Symphony for Marimba and Orchestra

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TESTAMENT: Symphony for Marimba and Orchestra

by Andrew Beall

Contemporary Classical Orchestral piece: Solo Marimba with full Symphony Orchestra, live recording, premiered in New York City. First Marimba Symphony ever to be written or performed.
Genre: Classical: Orchestral
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1. I. Relentless
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2. II. Epiphany
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3. III. Seduction
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4. IV. Inevitable
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5. Encore
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In 2004, in New York City, composer/percussionist Andrew Beall performed the world premiere of his Testament: Symphony for Marimba and Orchestra with the Tower Philharmonic, marking as the first marimba symphony in history ever to be composed or performed. Since the premiere, he has reduced the opus to a shorter Concerto, which had its world premiere with the Aspen Philharmonic and succeeding performance with the Columbus Philharmonic. His second orchestral work, Affirmation, for solo percussion and orchestra, was just recently premiered at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. The concert band version will be premiered by the US Navy Band in Washington DC in the coming months.

A multi-faceted performer and educator, Mr. Beall sustains balance between the Symphonic, Broadway, and Marching arenas. As a freelance percussionist, he has performed on Broadway in The Lion King, Les Miserables, and In The Heights as well as at Carnegie Hall with the Manhattan Pops Orchestra and the New England Symphonic Ensemble. Mr. Beall has appeared as a soloist around the world, including 14 recitals and 6 concerto performances. In 2001, he won the D.C.I. Solo Marimba Competition, D.C.I. Percussion Ensemble Competition (both with the Phantom Regiment drum & bugle corps), and the P.A.S.I.C. College Marimba Competition. He has placed 1st in concerto competitions at The Ohio State University and New York University, and 2nd at the MTNA National Young Artist Performer’s Competition. Mr. Beall spent a year as a cast member and snare drum soloist in the Australian stage spectacular, Rhythm of the Night. He has performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, American Brass Quintet, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Percussion Ensemble, Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Garden State Philharmonic, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Harmonie Symphony Orchestra, Gotham City Orchestra, Westchester Chamber Orchestra, and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. Mr. Beall was recently appointed Principal Timpanist/Percussionist of the Erato Chamber Orchestra of Chicago. Additionally, he tours as drummer for the New York-based rock sextet, Cordis (

As a composer, Mr. Beall’s works have been performed at the top concert halls, conservatories, and music festivals around the world. As a guest artist and clinician, he has presented concerts and workshops across the country, many featuring a portrait of his compositions. In the field of marching percussion, he has taught drum and bugle corps such as the Boston Crusaders, Santa Clara Vanguard, and Carolina Crown (arranging the 2003 winning D.C.I. Percussion Ensemble). He has also written and designed indoor percussion shows for such as Odyssey Percussion Theater, Surround Sound, and Mt. Juliet High School. Most recently, he was commissioned by the US Air Force Band to write a work for solo percussion and brass ensemble, scheduled for premiere in April ‘09. Mr. Beall received his B.M. from the Manhattan School of Music, his M.A. from New York University, and was a Charles Owen Memorial Fellowship winner at the Aspen Music Festival. He is pleased to frequent his alma mater, Manhattan School of Music, on occasion to teach privately at their Pre-College. Mr. Beall’s debut studio CD, Deliverance, was released on BMP Records and features four of his latest percussion chamber pieces. He is the founder/owner of Bachovich Music Publications (, Beall Percussion Specialties (, and is an endorsing artist/clinician for Innovative Percussion (, Pearl Drum Corporation (, and Evans Drumheads ( For more information, please visit



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Clemencia Calderone

Truly a musical experience that is an extension to the soul.
This music will someday be recognized as a historical footprint in the symphonic genre. It is not only significant as the first marimba symphony ever written, but also musically, in its overwhelming power and beauty. I feel that what the composer set out to achieve he accomplished. I was moved in all areas of my heart in the sense that the music made its impression on my memory and my humanity from the anger and darkness of the first and last movements to the soaring blissful melodies of the second movement to the
aching eastern groove of the third. What more could a composer ask for!?! I love this piece... it is truly a piece for all people with the ability to be perceived an understood with the ear and most of all, the heart. Bravo!!!! Encore Andrew Beall!!!