Concerto for Timpani and Percussion Ensemble by Ney Rosauro presents a challenging solo part that audiences love! The work was originally written for timpani and string orchestra. The concerto was premiered with the version for percussion ensemble at the University of Miami on October 30, 2003 with Shannon Wood as soloist. This is a unique work that explores the lyrical potential of the timpani, the soloist plays singing melodies rather than drum patterns.
In 3 movements: For five timpani.
I) Bachroque – a play-on-words describing both its Baroque mood, and is also a homage to Bach who is my favorite composer. The form of this movement is a free fugue and has a slower interlude before the theme’s recapitulation.
II) Aria – the timpanist must display fine pedaling skills, as the timpani sing lyric melodies. After the main theme is developed, the same thematic material from the interlude of the first movement is extended, while the soloist creates some unusual sounds placing 2 crotales and a cymbal over the timpani head.
III) Horse Ride – a lively ragtime in which the soloist must show off chromatic tuning abilities as well as quick drumming between the 5 timpani. A solo cadenza is presented before the recapitulation and the concerto concludes with an energetic mood.