Cirone, Anthony

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Anthony Cirone


Born: November 08, 1941 - Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.A

Country: Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.A

Studies: Juilliard School of Music (B.A.1964, M.A.1965)

Teachers: Vincent Persichetti


Mention: Inducted into the Percussive Arts Society (2007) PAS Hall of Fame[1]

Anthony J. Cirone received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from The Juilliard School, studying with the famous solo timpanist of the New York Philharmonic, Saul Goodman. Upon graduation in 1965, he was offered the position of Percussionist with the San Francisco Symphony under Maestro Josef Krips and an Assistant Professorship of Music at San José State University. During his 36-year tenure with the Symphony, Mr. Cirone has also performed under the Musical Directorship of Seiji Ozawa, Edo DeWaart, Herbert Blomstedt, and Michael Tilson Thomas and noted guest conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, Eugene Ormandy, Kurt Mazur, Rafael Kubelik, and James Levine.

Mr. Cirone has also held the position of Professor of Music at San José State University and Chairman of the Percussion Department from 1965 to 2001. He conducted the Percussion Ensemble, taught Fundamental Literature and Techniques, Percussion Pedagogy, and Notation Computer Music Typography classes. Mr. Cirone has also been on the faculties of San Francisco State University and Stanford University. He was also a Professor of Music and Chairman of the Percussion Department in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. His students have gone on to hold positions in major orchestras and universities throughout the world.

Anthony Cirone, a prolific composer, has over 100 published titles, including textbooks, a music dictionary, a comprehensive text on symphony orchestras, symphonies for percussion, sonatas, a string quartet, and works for orchestra and concert band. He was the Percussion Consultant/Editor for Warner Bros. Publishing Co., and the author of Portraits in Rhythm (a collection of 50 studies for snare drum). His Portraits in Rhythm (50 Studies for Snare Drum) is recognized worldwide as a standard text for training percussionists. Mr. Cirone is also featured in a video, entitled, “Concert Percussion – A Performer’s Guide”, distributed by Warner Bros. Publishing Company. Cirone is presently Executive Editor Percussion Publications with Meredith Music Publications. He is the designer of two pairs of Signature Snare Drum Sticks for the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company. He won the Modern Drummer Magazine Reader’s Poll for five consecutive years for Classical Percussionist and was subsequently elected to their Hall of Fame. Mr. Cirone is a clinician for The Yamaha Corporation, the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company and the Remo Drum Company. He received a Special Distinction Award in 1999 from the ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Composition Contest for his work for full orchestra, entitled: PENTADIC STRIATIONS.

Mr. Cirone was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame on November 2, 2007.[2]

Books on Percussion

Cirone's Pocket Dictionary of Foreign Musical Terms
Master Technique Builders for Snare Drum
Master Technique Builders for Vibraphone and Marimba
On Musical Interpretation in Percussion Performance

Portraits Series

Portraits for Drum Set
Portraits for Multiple Percussion
Portraits in Melody
Portraits in Rhythm
Portraits in Rhythm – Complete Study Guide
Portraits in Rhythm – Spanish Language Edition (Traducción al Español por Omar Ruiz-Oliver)
Portraits in Rhythm – With Japanese Subtitles
Portraits for Timpani

Simple Steps Series

Simple Steps to Keyboard Percussion
Simple Steps to Percussion Ensemble
Simple Steps to Snare Drum
Simple Steps to Timpani

Orchestral Technique

The Orchestral Mallet Player
The Orchestral Snare Drummer
The Orchestral Timpanist
Orchestral Techniques of the Standard Percussion Instruments
The Art of Bass Drum and Cymbal Playing
The Art of Percussion Playing
The Art of Percussion Accessory Playing
The Great American Symphony Orchestra
The Logic of it All: Professional Secrets Applying Imagination to Percussion Techniques
Symphonic Repertoire for Cymbals
Symphonic Repertoire for Keyboard Percussion
Symphonic Repertoire for Percussion Accessories
Symphonic Repertoire for Snare Drum

Works for Percussion



Advanced Marimba Duets, Volume III
Double Concerto for Two Percussion and Orchestra


Take Three


4/4 for Four
A Sacred Mass for Chorus and Percussion
Four/Four for Four
Fugue - Cirone
Pentadic Striations
Samba Classico
Three Phases


Five Items for Solo Marimba and Percussion Ensemble
Five Items for Soprano and Percussion
Japanese Impressions
Overture in Percussion


A Little Song
Drums Galore
Fugue for Percussion Sextet
Gliding Along
March Right In
Nervous Notes

Large Ensemble

Cairo Suite - Percussion Ensemble (9)
Dichotomy - Percussion Ensemble (8)
Double Fanfare - Percussion Ensemble (12) - Harrison/Cirone


4-Mallet Etudes for Marimba
4-Mallet Marimba Solos
4-Mallet Studies for Marimba, Volume VI
NYSD: Orchestral Suite for Solo Snare Drum
Unaccompanied Solos for Marimba


Sonata No. 1 for Timpani and Piano - Timpani; Piano
Sonata No. 2 for Trumpet and Percussion - Percussion; Trumpet
Sonata No. 3 for Clarinet and Percussion - Percussion; Clarinet
Sonata No. 4 for Violin and Percussion - Percussion; Violin; Piano


Symphony No. 1 for Percussion Ensemble - Percussion Ensemble (8)
Symphony No. 2 for Percussion - Percussion Ensemble (9)
Symphony No. 3 (Sacred) - Percussion Sextet