Abe Keiko

Abe Keiko (jap. 安部圭子 Abe Keiko, * 1. January 1937 in Tokyo) is a Japanese Komponistin and Marimbaphonspielerin.

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Abe comes of to a family of physicians and businessmen. As a child she learned piano and, starting from 12 years, Marimbaphon to play as well as compose. After it played commercial easy classical period in a Trio, it changed 1962 to the contemporary classical music.

In the following years it was employed as Konzertvirtuosin for Percussion and published 13 albums, which often composed works contained on the Marimba; in addition it had its own Japanese television show.

It contributed also to the development of the Marimbas as instrument, not only by its many contributions, but also by their role as Designberaterin of Marimbaherstellern. With the larger length and the resonance of the improved Marimbas Abe began to compose, first Japanese child songs and wind into the Bamboo into the early 1980ern. As Marimba Virtuose specified Abe its own compositions and that many other composers in the whole world. She teaches the Marimbaphonspiel to the Toho Musikuniversität in Tokyo.


of works for blowing orchestra

  • Prism Rhapsody for Marimbaphon and wind ensemble
  • Prism Rhapsody II for Marimbaphon and wind ensemble

of works for Percussions instruments

  • Airscope II Marimba mirror-image ritual
  • alone voor Marimbaphone solo
  • Ancient vase for Marimbaphon solo
  • Autumn in Nara for two Marimbaphone
  • Conversation into the Forest for Marimbaphon and Schlagzeug
  • Dream for two Marimbaphone
  • Dream OF the Cherry of bare COM for marimba (1983)
  • Early jump for two Marimbaphone
  • FROGS for Marimbaphon solo
  • Galilee Impressions for Six Mallets
  • “Itsuki” Fantasy for Marimbaphon and 5 other Mallet Percussion instruments
  • Kazak Lullaby for Marimbaphon solo (and piano ad.lib.)
  • labyrinth for two Marimbaphone
  • Little Windows for Marimbaphon solo
  • Marimba Concertino “The Wave”
  • Marimba D' Amore for Marimbaphon solo
  • Marimba Pieces I for Marimbaphon solo (1972)
  • MEMORies OF the Seashore
  • Mi-chi for Marimbaphon solo (1981)
  • PRISM for Marimbaphon solo (1995)
  • Sunday Afternoon for two Marimbaphone
  • Sylvan Stroll for two Marimbaphone
  • Tambourin Paraphrase for two Marimbaphone
  • Three Monologs for Marimbaphon solo
  • Time for Marimbaphon solo
  • Torse III for Marimbaphon solo
  • variation on Japanese Children' s Songs
  • wind into the Bamboo Grove for Marimbaphon and Schlagzeug (and piano ad.lib.)
  • wind Sketch for two Marimbaphone

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