Three Miniatures

for Percussion and Orchestra

William Kraft

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Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
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Quick Overview

The "Three Miniatures for Percussion and Orchestra" were premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra on February 14, 1959. It would be appropriate to call it a small concerto for percussioon and orchestra, since that is what it is. It is called ?miniatures? because the movements are so very short: 1 minute, 1 minute, and 2 minutes.
The first movement is centered around the xylophone and the glockenspiel (so-called keyboard instruments of the percussion family), and they very definitely carry the thematic material in concerto style.

The second movement features the snare drum family (snare drum, field drum, tenor drum). I chose to use these instruments because they provided a wider range for musical expressivity than would any one of them. One of the great problems of writing for percussion is that of overcoming the obvious and monotonal restriction of the idiom.
The third movement introduces the timpani as the solo instrument, and then brings in a vast array of other percussion instruments, such as the tambourine, chimes, wood block, triangle, temple block.

The original performance was done with the four members of the percussion section of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; succeeding performances by other orchestras also featured their own members as soloists. A version for solo percussionist was written for Mr. Steve Burton for performance with the San Fernando Symphony Orchestra.

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Additional Information

Composition Date 1959
Duration 00:04:30
Orchestration Full Orchestra version: 4Perc.(Timp.) soli.; 3(Picc.) 2 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) - 4 3 3 1; Str. Small Orchestra version: 2Perc. soli (2nd player opt.), 2 2 2 2 - 2 2 2 0; Str.
Premiere 14th February, 1959. Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra