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Bartok: Sonata for
Two Pianos and Percussion

Oliverio:
Timpani Concerto No. 1

(excerpt)

Holst:
The Planets

Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Peter Oundjian, Conductor

Copland:
Appalachian Spring

Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, Conductor

Beethoven:
Piano Concerto No. 1
Conrad Tao
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, Conductor
October 11, 2013

Ferran Cruixent: Cyborg
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, Conductor
November 7, 2013

Indiana University
Percussion Ensemble
Youtube videos

Zildjian Score Magazine
John Tafoya


Arizona Musicfest
Orchestra

Archival recordings:
Robert Moody, Conductor


Timpani Excerpts

Mozart: Overture to the Magic Flute

All rhythmic "fanfares" (Letter 'E' and 5th measure of letter 'E') should be played louder and with articulation. It is also acceptable to put a slight ritardando on the last three notes. In general, most of the printed dynamics are too loud. Play with a light style throughout.

Here is an example of how you might want to phrase this passage:



For the "top 22 excerpts" asked at orchestral timpani auditions, please check out "The Working Timpanist's Survival Guide" from Carl Fischer publications HERE.

Information on my NEW book, "Beyond The Audition Screen", can be found HERE.