Symphony No. 1 for Percussion Ensemble

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Anthony Cirone


General Info

Year: 1964
Duration: c. 20:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Columbia
Cost: Score and Parts - $0.00   |   Score Only - $0.00

Movements

Instrumentation

Player I - VIII: timpani(4), xylophone, orchestra bells, snare drums(2), tom-tom, tenor drum, bass drum, triangle, tambourine, wood block, finger cymbal, cymbals α2, suspended cymbal


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Review

This extended, three movement work for Percussion octet is marked advanced by the publisher and is scored for orchestra bells, xylophone and various standard orchestral percussion instruments (including 4 timpani). The two keyboard percussion parts include single-line writing, some double. stops, rolls and glisses, but no mallet suggestions. The cymbal and small concert percussion parts contain straight-forward writing with detailed performance directions and mallet choices. The drum parts are also straightforward and contain single-stoke writing with some rolls and flams with few Performance directions. The lead snare drum part is the most difficult of these parts. The .timpani part is difficult note-wise, but requires no pedal technique during each movement, with tuning changes occurring only between movements. Movement I (Presto) is written in 2/4 and 3/8, both sectionally and as changing meters. The 2 keyboard percussion parts seem to have the main thematic content with rhythmic counterpoint and accompaniment provided by the other instruments. (Adagio molto) is written in 5/4, again with the keyboard percussion instruments the main thematic matierals. Sustained sounds and rolls, punctuating rhythmic outbursts, hocket-like sections and pointillistic passages highlight the movement. Movement III (Allegro vivo) is written mostly in 4/4 and 2/2. A middle section starting in 8/8-with changes 7/8, 5/8, 2/8, 4/8, 3/4, 6/8, 4/4-leads to an extended timpani cadenza. The whole of the movement is very drummy, with the timpani being the dominant instrument much of the time. A section with several irregular-length ostinatos is of special interest. Suitable as an example of an extended work is symphonic form for standard instruments. The piece does not rely on gimmicks, unusual performance practics, exotic instruments, etc. Would serve nicely as the focus of a semester's work for a good high school ensemble, or as the main feature of a younger university percussion ensemble concert. - John Baldwin, December 1992[1]


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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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