Available for purchase at Steve Weiss Music
Publisher: Alabaster Music
Instrumentation: Solo marimba (4 mallets, 4.5 or 4.6 octave)
Difficulty: Grade 5-6
Premier: Forsythian Spring was premiered by composer Christopher Norton in 1997.
Forsythian Spring by Christopher Norton, was inspired by the vibrant color of the yellow-leafed shrubs visible outside the composer's studio during the creation of this piece in March 1997. It reflects the buoyant character of Norton's elder daughter, Emily, to whom the piece is dedicated. The piece presents and develops two themes in its opening section, is followed by a substantial chorale based on these themes, and then concludes with a significantly shortened reprise. Forsythian Spring can be heard on Norton's compact disc recording entitled "CHRISTOPHER NORTON: Creston Concertino for Marimba."
Performance by Hsin Fang (performed in Hsin's final recital at Birmingham Conservatoire, 2011)