Portraits for Timpani

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Anthony Cirone

General Info

Year: 1976
Duration: c.
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: CPP/Belwin
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00


His third in the series Portraits in Rhythm, Anthony J. Cirone’s Portraits for Timpani is designed to increase the virtuosity and solo techniques for timpani playing. 50 studies, with phrasing and a beautiful full tone as the main concerns, address the particular problems faced as a timpanist, such as the rapid movement between drums, muffling for clarity, staccato and legato techniques, and rolls. The collective material in this book may perhaps cover the full range of the orchestral timpanist. Each etude works on multiple techniques and ideas at a time.


50 studies



Program Notes


Mr. Cirone has adapted his very fine snare drum etude book, Portraits in Rhythm, to the timpani by employing exactly the same rhythms, but spreading them over 2, 3, and 4 timpani. The result is a technically-oriented ("Chops-building") collection of studies. Readers who are familiar with Mr. Cirone's snare drum etude book will correctly conclude that this sequel is definitely advanced-level material. - Al Payson, Spring/Summer 1976[1]

Student Reviews

"The virtuosity of the timpani is revealed with the musicality of Cirone’s etudes. A wealth of knowledge that is most presented to the intermediate percussionist with a previous knowledge of the instrument, but even then an instructor is required." - Denver Ridgway



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Works for Percussion by this Composer

4/4 for Four - Percussion Quartet
4-Mallet Etudes for Marimba - Marimba
4-Mallet Marimba Solos - Marimba
4-Mallet Studies for Marimba, Volume VI - Marimba
A Little Song - Percussion Sextet
A Sacred Mass for Chorus and Percussion - Percussion Quartet; Chorus
Advanced Marimba Duets, Volume III - Marimba Duo
Assimilation - Percussion Sextet
Boom-Whap - Percussion Sextet
Cairo Suite - Percussion Ensemble (9)
Dichotomy - Percussion Ensemble (8)
Double Concerto for Two Percussion and Orchestra - Percussion Duo; Orchestra
Double Fanfare - Percussion Ensemble (12) - Harrison/Cirone
Drums Galore - Percussion Sextet
Finale - Percussion Sextet
Five Items for Solo Marimba and Percussion Ensemble - Marimba; Percussion Quintet
Five Items for Soprano and Percussion - Percussion Quintet; voice
Four/Four for Four - Percussion Quartet
Fugue - Cirone - Percussion Quartet
Fugue for Percussion Sextet - Percussion Sextet
Gliding Along - Percussion Sextet
Japanese Impressions - Percussion Quintet
March Right In - Percussion Sextet
Nervous Notes - Percussion Sextet
NYSD: Orchestral Suite for Solo Snare Drum - Solo Percussion
Overture in Percussion - Percussion Quintet
Pentadic Striations - Percussion Quartet
Percussionality - Percussion Quintet
Processional - Percussion Sextet
Samba Classico - Percussion Quartet
Sonata No. 2 for Trumpet and Percussion - Percussion; Trumpet
Sonata No. 3 for Clarinet and Percussion - Percussion; Clarinet
Sonata No. 4 - Percussion; Violin; Piano
Sonata No.1 for Timpani and Piano - Timpani; Piano
Symphony No. 1 for Percussion Ensemble - Percussion Ensemble (8)
Symphony No. 2 for Percussion - Percussion Ensemble (9)
Symphony No.3 (Sacred) - Percussion Sextet
Take Three - Percussion Trio
Three Phases - Percussion Quartet
Triptych - Percussion Quartet
Unaccompanied Solos for Marimba - Marimba

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