Clair Omar Musser
Musser’s etudes and transcriptions as well as his ensemble arrangements have enjoyed great popularity in the music (particularly percussion) communities. His Etudes have remained a staple in marimba repertoire and they continue to be performed daily all over the world. This piece is Musser’s Etude Op. 6, #2, which features piano accompaniment with the marimba solo.
The study and mastery of Clair Omar Musser’s Etudes is considered by teachers and performers to be a type of “right of passages” into technical competence. Almost all marimbists study at least one of them, and most professionals have learned them all.
Number of players: 1
Player I: Marimba
Player II: Piano
Marimba virtuoso Clair Omar Musser’s influence on playing, teaching, composition, and manufacture has been pervasive. He performed his own arrangements of Chopin, Mendelssohn, Bach, Paganini, and others internationally. His solo compositions and transcriptions and his ensemble arrangements have enjoyed great popularity. Musser’s large marimba orchestras were acclaimed throughout the world. He was a teacher of renown, having headed the Northwestern University Marimba Department for ten years and sent many of his students to important positions in playing and teaching. His innovations in grip, mallets, and technique revolutionized marimba and vibraphone playing. An inventor and designer of instruments, he custom-made instruments for many famous performers. Musser also founded the company that bears his name.