Harmonic Rhythm

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Russell Peck

General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 22:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Pecktackular
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



Timpani (5)


Program Notes


In the year 2000 a timpani wave was started by Jim Brown, Principal Timpanist of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra and composer Russell Peck. I am speaking of “Harmonic Rhythm,” a concerto for timpani and orchestra performed by 39 orchestras. The concerto opens with a crescendoed low-D roll, which leads into a massive statement by the orchestra, setting the stage for what is to follow--much like a curtain opening for a play. There are four sections to the composition: Section I is melodic and centers around the development of the melodic material. Section II is quite rhythmic and climaxes in a technical display of three-mallet playing. Section III is slow and uses such effects as dead strokes, brushes and wood mallets. Section IV returns to a more rapid rhythmic display with a brief harmonic quasi cadenza that leads to a dramatic ending. The concerto is written for four standard pedal drums plus a piccolo drum that may be the hand-tuned type. Besides the orchestration there is a piano reduction that would be perfect for a percussion recital. “Harmonic Rhythm” represents not only the rhythmic and dynamic qualities of timpani but also their melodic qualities. Peck understands the instrument both for its potential and its limits. I can’t help but think that Jim Brown helped a bit here. From the opening roll to the thundering ending, Peck challenges the player musically and technically and has composed a concerto with rewards for the performer and audience. - John H. Beck[1]



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Works for Percussion by this Composer

Harmonic Rhythm - Timpani; Orchestra
In the Garden - Drum Set; Organ
Lift-Off - Percussion Trio
Lion's Breath - Multiple Percussion; Double Bass
The Glory and the Grandeur - Percussion Trio; Orchestra

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