3 Dances for Solo Timpani

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Robert McCormick

General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c.
Difficulty: Grade V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Warner
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00


I. “Waltz,”
II. “Mystic Dance”
III. “Tango.”



Program Notes

dedication: to Neil Grover


Looking for something different in a timpani solo? Consider “3 Dances for Solo Timpani,” dedicated to Neil Grover. Technique is not the main focus here; quality sound and melodic projection are at the forefront. The three dances are I. “Waltz,” II. “Mystic Dance” and III. “Tango.” Each dance requires a different musical approach, and Robert McCormick has cleverly composed a work that brings out each concept in a flattering way for the instrument. Some pitches are written below the best range for quality sound, but McCormick has addressed that concern by suggesting that if a quality sound cannot be attained, it is acceptable to transpose the pitches up or use larger timpani. “Waltz” starts with some strut playing but quickly accelerates into the “Waltz” melody and develops it nicely. “Mystical Dance,” marked Allegro (quarter = 140), employs a brief cadenza and ends with a return of the theme. “Tango” uses the standard tango rhythm to start, but quickly moves to a 5/8 rhythm reminiscent of a tango, and then ends in a collaboration of both the tango rhythm and the 5/8 rhythm. The following mallets and effects are required: staccato mallets, wooden ends of mallets, wire brushes, medium felt mallet, strut playing, center of head playing, and cardboard placed over the head. Reviewed By: John H. Beck[1]



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Works for Percussion by this Composer

3 Dances for Solo Timpani - Timpani
32 Duets for Percussion - Percussion Duo
Aggressively - Snare Drum
Fanfare Variations for Solo Timpani - Timpani
Homage to Harry Partch - Multiple Percussion
Portraits of a Waltz - Snare Drum

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