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Chamber Music Today has more than maybe you need to know about the timpani, including a list of over fifty works for the instrument. I wasn't aware of Carter's timpani pieces:
VI. Canto (1966) – Jan Williams – Uses pedal tuned timpani played by
snare drum sticks in a line that slides from one pitch to another.
July 26, 2008 in carter, elliott | Permalink
There's never too much to know about timpani! :-)
Alvin Lucier and Philip Glass have written great timpani music as well. Lucier uses five timpani and two oscillators to create a surreal listening experience; it's beautiful in a strange, throbbing, almost tangible way.
July 31, 2008 at 01:27 PM
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