Songs of Youth is a cycle of seven songs for baritone or bass voice and marimba based on texts by the composer available under Songs of Youth (1998). The entire song cycle, including texts and music, has been placed into the public domain as of March 15, 2024 by Mark Feezell. It is the Lord’s.

A five-octave, concert grand marimba is preferred, but the songs may also be performed on a quality four-octave marimba. Performers may perform individual songs independently or the entire cycle in sequence (approximately 19-23 minutes).

For best results, print the score landscape on legal-sized (or similar large) paper.

The songs are also available individually:

1. Wandering

2. The Bumblebee

3. Wondering

4. California Lullaby

5. Summer-soon Storm

6. Apart

7. The Resonance of Memory

MP3 Sample Recordings

These MP3s are from the premiere performance on November 21, 1998, posted here by permission of the performers:

Markus Lloyd, baritone, https://www.wearethreaded.org/team

Nick Petrella, marimba, https://www.artsentrepreneurshippodcast.com/

1. Wandering:

2. The Bumblebee:

3. Wondering:

4. California Lullaby:

5. Summer-soon Storm:

6. Apart and 7. The Resonance of Memory:

PDF Score

Below is the PDF score for the entire song cycle. To view individual scores while listening to the MP3s, visit the individual song pages linked in the Overview section above.

MusicXML Score File

PLEASE NOTE: When you import this into any music engraving software, it will not look great, but will save you TONS of time if you want to make derivative works, change the keys, etc. Let me know if you want to share your new versions, and I can post them here for others. Contact me directly if you want the full Sibelius music file.

Download the MusicXML (.xml) score file.

Revision History

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music, classical, compositions by Mark Feezell, baritone voice, bass voice, marimba, percussion, voice


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