The Working Timpanist's Survival Guide

A Practical Approach to Audition Excerpts for the Orchestral Timpanist

CD-ROM included containing the complete* timpani parts

This book contains 22 of the most frequently requested timpani audition excerpts

Useful performance practices for the student and professional timpanist

*Subject to copyright restrictions

The Working Timpanist's Survival Guide includes the most commonly asked orchestral
timpani excerpts at auditions today.

This invaluable resource contains carefully illustrated excerpts, insightful photos, and a
CD-ROM with timpani parts included. Each excerpt is explained with meticulous care.

For the timpanist who might be learning orchestral repertoire for the first time, or revisiting it, the
'recommended recordings' list is also very helpful.

The professional timpanist will also enjoy the variety of musical and technical options presented in this book.

Options include: edited dynamics for balance considerations, changes in drum arrangement, stickings,
illustrations, and other items of interest. The repertoire in this volume is the most commonly
requested music at auditions today.

The benefits of this book will be evident from the first page.

Publisher: Carl Fischer. Catalog Number: DRM114.

US Orders: $26.95 + shipping

Available through Steve Weiss Music:

Excerpts Include:

Mozart: Symphony No. 39 Elgar: Enigma Variations
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphoses
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 Strauss: Death and Transfiguration
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 Strauss: Burleske for Piano and Orchestra
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 Mahler: Symphony No. 5
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 Schuman: New England Triptych
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture Fantasy Stravinsky: Rite of Spring
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 Wagner: Siegfried's Funeral Music from Gotterdammerung

Also included is advice on taking auditions, practicing and other useful information.

"If you are serious about becoming a timpanist in a symphony orchestra, The Working Timpanist's Survival Guide is a must.
John Tafoya has written a comprehensive book with all the information you need to know.
Study it . . . practice it . . . and you are on your way to success."

-John H. Beck, Professor of Percussion, Eastman School of Music
Retired Timpanist, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

"This long overdue text is aimed at developing and maintaining a more artistic approach to
playing timpani. The context and dialogue are very purposeful and insightful. Very well done!"

-Mike Crusoe, Principal Timpanist, Seattle Symphony Orchestra

"Without question, The working Timpanist's Survival Guide will become the standard text at
major university music schools and conservatories around the world."

-Bob McCormick, Professor of Percussion, University of South Florida

"John Tafoya, Principal Timpanist in the National Symphony Orchestra, has the expertise to give this publication
highest credibility. This one publication more than fills the needs of students
and professionals who have been trying to pull together an organized study of timpani
repertoire from a variety of different sources."

- F. Michael Combs, Percussive Notes Magazine (October 2004 issue)

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