Sonata for Timpani (Holly)

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Rich Holly

General Info

Year: 1979
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Kendor
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00


Movement I
Movement II
Movement III



Program Notes


Sonata For Timpani is a 11:00 minute grade 5 Timpani solo for four timpani. It is written in the traditional sonata form of three movements. Movement I starts with a slow tempo of quarter note = 60 which states a fanfare of coming events. The main section is written in quarter note = 120+ and contains a melody filled with mixed meters of 4/4, 7/8, 6/8 and 3/4. This melody is slowed a bit for a brief time then returns to the Allegro tempo. The movement ends with the original fanfare. There is one glissando and one pitch change required within the movement. Movement II is rubato throughout and contains no bar lines. Special notation is used which allows the performer to interpret the notes as they see fit. There is a tempo marking of quarter note = 48 which is later followed by a tempo of quarter note = 60. The movement ends with the original pitch change within the movement. Movement III is marked at quarter note = 144 and is basically in 4/4 meter. This movement is the tour de force of the sonata. Difficult sticking patterns will require that cross sticking or doubling notes must be practiced in order to execute them. At one point the movement retards into the opening fanfare of the first movement only to continue again with the melody of the last movement. The movement ends with the exact notes and rhythms of the opening of the first movement. Sonata For Timpani is a musically well-written work for timpani. This composition will provide the timpanist with an excellent work for a recital while deriving much satisfaction both musically and technically. Congratulations to Rich Holly and Kendor Music, Inc. - John Beck, February 1994[1]



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