Rhapsody No. 1 for Timpani

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Alex Orfaly

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 18:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. Alan
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00



4 Timpani and Bass Drum

Percussion 1 Glockenspiel, Brake Drum, Tambourine, Small Maraca, 5 Temple Blocks, Low Cow Bell, Guiro, 2 Cymbals [High and Medium], one G Crotale

Percussion 2 Vibraphone, Claves, Triangle, Snare Drum, Sandpaper Blocks, Log Drums (2 pitches), Low Suspended Cymbal, Dumbeg or Djembe, China Cymbal

Percussion 3 Marimba (5 octave), Sizzle Cymbal, Tam-Tam, Bongos, Med Tom (from bar 449), Field Drum, Wind Chimes, G Chime, Splash Cymbal

Program Notes

Rhapsody No. 1 was written in the spring of 2001 for my good friend and colleague Matthew Bassett. The version here is a slightly modified version as it was originally premiered in 2001. It takes an irregular (thus a Rhapsody) form of many intervals of slow and fast sections with a middle slow section as a resting point. A tonality was sought by employing many of the same pitches from the timpani tunings into the mallet percussion parts. There is much dialog between the solo part and the percussion parts. A great deal of the time, the solo part sits atop the other parts, but also at times is required to function as part of the ensemble. Different colors are achieved on the timpani by using such specialty mallets such as blasticks and maraca sticks. - Alex Orfaly




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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

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