Eight Pieces for Four Timpani by Elliot Carter is a collection of 8 movements of various styles that are a standard of timpani repertoire. This collection is not designed to be played as an entire 8 movement work, rather, Carter suggests performing movements as solo works, or no more than 4 movements at a time. Each movement employs advanced techniques and musical content, including glissandi, playing with different implements, metric modulation, special muting techniques for creating overtones, and more. Movements from Eight Pieces for Four Timpani are commonly used for college percussion programs as jury pieces, recital works, and audition repertoire. This is a must have for college percussionists, as they will surely be required to perform a work from this at some point in their career. Thanks for your understanding.
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His taste for creation has led him to collaborate intensively with contemporary composers, and his concert career has enabled him to play numerous works: concertos for percussion and orchestra; solo pieces and chamber music, both in France and abroad.
In addition, he has built up a discography of the contemporary percussion repertoire with discs devoted to Philippe Fenelon, Michael Jarrell, Maurice Ohana, Kaija Saariaho and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Since , Florent Jodelet has been soloist with the Orchestre National de France and since , assistant-professor at the Paris Conservatoire. Elliott Carter - Eight Pieces for four timpani. One of those etudes, based on a single note, presents different types of attacks, forte and piano. Another is built entirely on a minor second, all the instruments successively transposing this interval… The limitation of material, in the image of a desert, constantly changes throughout the work, whereas the vocabulary and basic elements remain the same.
How to transform it into a piece of music? What can you do with a single chord? Thus all signification fits into a rhythm or a note. The virtuoso writing, in counterpoint textures of crossed accents, essentially varies speed and accentuation with such complexity that these pieces were not at all intended for performance. But percussionists began to play them in public.
Thus I went to Buffalo New York with a percussionist, and there, for three days, we carried out a quantity of experiments for succeeding in making the sonority more interesting. The origin of this writing technique is found not in jazz but in the music of Stravinsky and the theories of Joseph Schillinger, who suggested the possibility of beating a four-beat bar as if it were in three and inversely, so as to obtain a sort of polyrhythm. At the beginning of the 17th century, John Bull, organist, virginalist and organ builder, inserted in his works seven notes in a three-beat bar, then, in an improvised manner, made another rhythm arise from those seven notes.
In other words, the musician uses his polyrhythms as the starting point for other polyrhythms, thereby obtaining a rhythmic dimension in constant evolution, according to a process found in the variations of Beethoven's late piano sonatas. And Elliott Carter reminds us that the rhythm of our breathing differs from the rhythm of our heartbeat, and that each of them is subjected to change.
In the third bar, these quarter notes are accentuated by two, then change into triplets MM At the double bar, the notation changes in such a way that the quarter note in triplet in the previous measure now equals a quarter note, which then goes through exactly the same acceleration as in the previous three measures.
We have thus gone from MM 64 to MM In the twelfth measure, the process is repeated once more. The quarter note has arrived at MM , with a left hand, henceforth noted in sixty-fourth notes, which continues its beat at The fact of maintaining two layers of rhythm - and in this specific case an unchanging beat against a gradual acceleration - will often reappear from my pen.
But the essential thing is to note that, quite obviously, in a piece like this, constructed exclusively on four pitches, the important thing is, with such minimal material, to succeed in creating contrasts, building ideas capable of conducting a large phrase, and constructing a valid form. Musical director of Ballet Caravan , he wrote criticism for Modern Music until From to , he was professor of music, Greek and mathematics at St John's College, Annapolis Maryland , and worked in the Office of War Information , before teaching successively at the Peabody Conservatory , Columbia University , Queens College and Yale University , finally being appointed professor of composition at the Juilliard School of Music At the same time, he participated in numerous seminars, particularly in Salzburg, Dartington, Tanglewood, Avignon and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In , he composed What Next? Laurent Feneyrou. Set of 5 Adams Symphonic Timpani.
Elliott Carter - Eight Pieces for four timpani
His taste for creation has led him to collaborate intensively with contemporary composers, and his concert career has enabled him to play numerous works: concertos for percussion and orchestra; solo pieces and chamber music, both in France and abroad. In addition, he has built up a discography of the contemporary percussion repertoire with discs devoted to Philippe Fenelon, Michael Jarrell, Maurice Ohana, Kaija Saariaho and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Since , Florent Jodelet has been soloist with the Orchestre National de France and since , assistant-professor at the Paris Conservatoire. Elliott Carter - Eight Pieces for four timpani.
Eight Pieces for Four Timpani is a collection of short pieces by Elliott Carter for solo timpani — four drums played by one musician. Six of the pieces were composed in Two new pieces were added in , and the rest were revised in collaboration with percussionist Jan Williams. Carter wrote the pieces as studies in tempo modulation and the use of four-note chords. They are a collection rather than a suite, as Carter suggested no more than four be performed at once. The pieces make heavy use of extended techniques , including playing with the back end of the timpani sticks, varying the beating spot on the drumhead, glissandos , and sympathetic vibration. It is based on rhythmic acceleration.