Sonata No.1 for Timpani and Piano

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Anthony Cirone

General Info

Year: 1965
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Meredith
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00





Program Notes

(note: available CPP/Belwin as a collection titled "Four Sonatas for Percussion")

Sonata #1 was completed after six years of intensive study with Saul Goodman.

The piano opens the work with a Maestoso statement; it sets the tone for the introduction, and is immediately followed by a similar statement on timpani.

The Allegro agitato is a fanciful romp through mixed meters; however, the compound harmonies in the piano ass a complexity to the music. The Allegro becomes slower an heavier as the piano and timpani trade off as soloist and accompanist.

The unison rhythms in the last segment of the Sonata represent a wish that some day we may be one with the master in greatnesses- but, for most, it is only a dream, because Saul Goodman will always be the ultimate virtuoso.

-Anthony J. Cirone[1]


The Sonata No. 1 has a piano accompaniment. The interest within the first movement, with the timpani tuned to a major triad, lies in the changing meter, dynamic structure, and accents in the timpani part and the piano chord structure. The second movement, which is very expressive, features tuning changes while rolling on two drums. The writer prefers to use a multiple bounce roll in this movement. The third movement is energetically driving with timpani and piano both emphasizing melodic leaping. Counting must be precise for both instruments to integrate. The first movement of the Sonata No. 2 consists of two declamatory passages interspersed between rapidly moving, toccata-like passages. The second movement, which involves considerable tuning changes, has a sweet, lyrical quality. The third movement, which is fun to play and hear, includes both "out of kelter" meters and some quick tuning changes. The Sonata No. 3 explores the wide expanse of a major ninth interval and the tones in the center of this interval. The resultant chordal structures developed upon are fourths, fifths, tritones, etc. The outer notes tend to serve as pedal points with the middle tones employed in melodic patterns. The third movement contains many quick meter changes. As noted above, the Sonata No. 1 contains piano accompaniment. The other two are unaccompanied solos. The printing is clear and well-spaced. Interpretive markings are well planned and detailed. Tunings are not changed between movements, which gives a better sense of continuity to the audience. The writer would prefer accidental markings to be included as a key signature. These three works are well within the grasp of the proficient high school student and are worthy of the attention of the college percussion major. - Linda Pimentel, Winter 1978[2]



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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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