The Working Timpanist's Survival Guide

Edited by John Tafoya
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Performing Ensemble: Percussion Unaccompanied
Instrumentation: Timpani
Item Number: DRM114
Number of Pages: 112
Publisher: Carl Fischer Music
Print Status: In Print


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Professor of Percussion at Indiana University, John Tafoya, offers his insight and experience in this comprehensive book with download, which gives the working timpanist a practical approach to preparing audition excerpts. An invaluable resource, this book contains carefully illustrated excerpts, insightful photos, and additional timpani parts as PDF. Included are 22 of the most frequently requested timpani audition excerpts and useful performance practices for the student and the professional timpanist. A must for all timpanists!

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Editor Tafoya, John


Introduction and Acknowledgements
Timpani Mallet Chart
Further Clarification o Mallet Descriptions
Mozart: Symphony No. 39
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Beethoven: Symphony No.7
Beethoven Symphony No. 8
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Brahms: symphony No. 1
Brahms: Symphony No. 4
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet/ Overture Fantasy
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
Elgar: Enigma Variations
Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphoses
Richard Strauss: Death and Transfiguration
Richard Strauss: Burleske for Piano and Orchestra
Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
"Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta"
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1
Mahler: Symphony No. 5
William Schuman: New England Triptych
Stravinsky: Rite of Spring
Wagner: Siegfried's Funeral March from Gotterdammerung
Recommended Recordings
A Sample of Today's Timpani Manufacturers
Orchestral Timpani Audition Repertoire Listing
Preparin for an Audition
Preparing for the First Rehearsal
About the Author