Prelude 1.5 for solo timpani is a contrast in minimalistic ideas and harmonic intentions inspired by J.S. Bach. It consists of an introduction of rising fourths, computer-like passages, long tones, and an odd waltz filled with irregular rhythms, accents, and technical challenges.
Genre: Timpani | # of Players: 1
Level: Medium Difficult | Duration: 10:00
Timpani (4 standard-size drums)
Prelude 1.5 was conceived after writing two shorter, unpublished preludes for solo timpani (thus the title 1.5). The piece is a contrast in minimalistic ideas and harmonic intentions inspired by J.S. Bach. After an introduction of rising fourths, a minimalistic and computer-like idea is contrasted with interjecting long tones starting from the fourth. Later, the idea of a prelude begins to find greater focus as the timpani outlines changing harmonic patterns. This idea is modulated into a fervent new section in the key of D major. This new section propels into an odd waltz filled with irregular rhythms, accents, and technical challenges. After a brief pause, the waltz section repeats with subtle variations and a timbre change. The prelude idea returns the piece back to its opening motive of rising fourths. For the coda, the 2nd minimalistic idea is superimposed over long tones as the piece finds a quiet resolution. This piece is dedicated to Marc Damoulakis.
I would like to express my gratitude to Nick Phillips at Innovative Percussion who helped me realize this project.