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Colossus

concerto for timpani
Level: Med-Advanced
Duration: 7:30
Personnel: 8 players
Release Date: 2010
Product ID : TSPCE-48
Price: $40.00
Item #: TSPCE-48

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Description

Colossus features a timpani soloist with accompaniment from seven percussionists, most of whom play multipercussion setups. The piece features strong themes throughout, with all voices painting a very well-orchestrated picture. The timpanist is featured both in a melodic role as well as in a more primal, rhythmic role. Precise markings help spell out every nuance, and the form is well-paced. The concerto features a dramatic cadenza just before the main material recapitulates into an explosive conclusion. Eric Rodis won 3rd prize in the Percussive Arts Society composition contest in 2002 with Colossus which makes a great showpiece to feature the timpanist in an accessible way.

This piece comes as a professionally printed and bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or for tablet viewing.

Instrumentation

  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone
  • Chimes
  • Vibraphone
  • 2 marimbas—(1) low A*, (1) low F
  • 5 timpani
  • Drums (bass drum, low tom, field drum, snare drum, bongos)
  • Cymbals (2 suspended cymbals, crash cymbals, sizzle cymbal, hi-hat, china cymbal, ride cymbal)
  • Accessories (triangle, woodblock, temple blocks, brake drum)
  • Tam tam


*This marimba part is optional.

Shared Recordings

Description

Colossus features a timpani soloist with accompaniment from seven percussionists, most of whom play multipercussion setups. The piece features strong themes throughout, with all voices painting a very well-orchestrated picture. The timpanist is featured both in a melodic role as well as in a more primal, rhythmic role. Precise markings help spell out every nuance, and the form is well-paced. The concerto features a dramatic cadenza just before the main material recapitulates into an explosive conclusion. Eric Rodis won 3rd prize in the Percussive Arts Society composition contest in 2002 with Colossus which makes a great showpiece to feature the timpanist in an accessible way.

This piece comes as a professionally printed and bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or for tablet viewing.

Instrumentation

  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone
  • Chimes
  • Vibraphone
  • 2 marimbas—(1) low A*, (1) low F
  • 5 timpani
  • Drums (bass drum, low tom, field drum, snare drum, bongos)
  • Cymbals (2 suspended cymbals, crash cymbals, sizzle cymbal, hi-hat, china cymbal, ride cymbal)
  • Accessories (triangle, woodblock, temple blocks, brake drum)
  • Tam tam


*This marimba part is optional.

Shared Recordings



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