Suite for Timpani

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David Mancini

General Info

Year: 1973
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Kendor
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00




Program Notes

premiere: Spring 1973, Eastman School of Music, New York, D. Mancini, soloist


David Mancini's Suite for Timpani (ca. :4:30) is written not in the usual multi-movement format of the baroque suite but as one continuous - albeit sectionalized - movement. However, like the indMdual movements of the suite, each section of this through-composed piece does maintain an identity of its own. The sections include a brief introduction followed by a moderato 12/8 section using repeated melodic patterns set in constantly changing accent schemes; a short, unbarred interlude characterized by crescendo, decrescendo, and legato rolls; a brief'section using a left-hand ostinato accompanying a right-hand melody; and a concluding section featuring alternating and variable meters. Except for wide-interval glissandi, the limited pedaling requirements involve conjunct pitches only. This is material for the more advanced high school or college level timpanist. From a musical standpoint, some sections of this work seem a bit too brief considering the proportions of the piece as a whole. However, this solo will not disappoint those who delight in a physical challenge and find moving rapidly over all four drums an exhilarating experience.

Reviewed By: John Raush

Review Originally Published: Fall 1987[1]



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Works for Percussion by this Composer

Caribbean FestivalPercussion Septet; with Piano; with Electric Bass
Duet No. 1Percussion Duet
Exit 39Percussion Quartet
Extremes – Percussion Septet
Feel The SpiritPercussion Octet; with Piano
Fiesta Latina – Percussion Octet
Groovin' In TrinidadDrum Set
Jazz Solos: Drum Set Volume 2Drum Set Method
Joey's SongVibraphone
Jubilee ConcertoTimpani; with Percussion Septet Quartet
Latin JourneyMultiple Percussion
March for Percussion SextetPercussion Sextet
Recital Piece for Solo Percussion – Multiple Percussion
Song of JoyPercussion Nonet
Suite No.2 for Timpani (Mancini) – Timpani
Suite for Solo Drum Set and Percussion EnsembleDrum Set; with Percussion Septet
Suite for Timpani – Timpani
Three Moods for Percussion – Percussion Duet
With Joy in his Heart – Drum Set; with Percussion Septet

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