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Alex Orfaly

General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 13:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. Alan
Cost: Score and Parts - $48.00


Solo Timpani

Percussion 1: tambourine, bells, temple blocks, cup bell, hi-hat, Piccolo Snare Drum, Brake drum, crotale, glass wind chimes
Percussion 2: bongos, xylophone, anvil, 2 woodblocks, cup bell, snare drum, ride cymbal, wind chimes, steel drum
Percussion 3: 2 log drums, vibraphone, 3 cowbells, 2 suspended cymbals, 2 triangles, 2 bowl gongs
Percussion 4: bass drum, 4 tom toms, marimba, sizzle cymbal, china cymbal, 2 triangles, field drum

Program Notes

Divertissement is the French equivalent of “diversion,” in the sense of amusement or entertainment. The work is a playful yet demanding tour-de-force for the solo timpanist, including many tuning changes and challenging sticking patterns. The work is broken into several sections concluding each with a short timpani cadenza. Divertissement was the 2nd place winner in the 2001 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest.




Divertissement by Alex Orfaly was the 2nd Place Winner of the 2001 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest.

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Works for Percussion by this Composer

A Christmas Overture - 12 - 16 Players
The Big Bob Special - Xylophone, Mallet Quartet
Big Bob's Return - Xylophone Duet, Mallet Quartet
Copper Wire - Timpani, Electronics
Divertissement - Timpani, Percussion Quartet
Fanfares No. 1 and No. 2 for Timpani - Timpani
Five Intermediate Pieces for Timpani - Timpani
Improvvisato Contrasto - Timpani
Mean Man's March - Xylophone, Mallet Quintet
Prelude 1.5 for Timpani - Timpani
Rhapsody No. 1 for Timpani - Timpani, Percussion Trio
Rhapsody No. 2 for Timpani - Timpani
Structure Set - Percussion Sextet
Tanc Szervusz - Xylophone Duet, Mallet Quintet

Additional Resources