The modern marimba was first manufactured in the U.S.A. in 1910.
The oldest experimentations were carried out by J.C. Deagan and U.G. Leedy. We owe them, amongst other things, the addition of corked, graduated metal tubes as resonators. The marimba was considerably improved by C.O. Musser in the thirties. But it was only after the end of the second World War that celebrated composers became interested in the instrument. In 1947, the French composer, Darius Milhaud wrote a concerto for marimba and vibraphone, using the 4 stick technique. Following to this, Benett, Hartmann, Carl Orff and, above all, Olivier Messiaen composed for the instrument. And as the worldly known Japanese artists, there is Keiko Abe. CLOSE