I decided to create a quasi-Vivaldi-style concerto for timpani and strings—as a warm-up etude before writing my “modern” one. The Concerto con Timpani was the result. It was great fun to write, and is even more fun to play. I have learned that several young virtuosi have recently taken a run at the career of solo timpanist (which I once dreamed of). This first concerto is for them and their peers.
“I received the Concerto con Timpani today, put it up on the stand, and read through it–and I was grinning the entire time. . . At the concert the concerto was well received.” Greg Candy, timpanist, who played the US premiere with the Farmington Valley (NY) Symphony under John Eeels.
|Concerto con Timpani (Battaglia)||timpani soli (6-7), strings, harpsichord continuo||14'||1992|
|Order This»||Concerto, early 18th-century concertato style. May use hand-tuned drums. Fun to play and hear. Score is style-edited, with Baroque performance guidelines. (Written under the nom de plume G. F. Salomon.)||Notes»|
|I. Intrada, Grave/ allegro||3'40|
|Ouverture (slow/fast/slow). Regal fanfare start/end. Rhythmic passages alternating between showy, busy soloist and ripieno, flashy drumming near the end.|
|II. Largo sostenuto||5'35|
|Slow, elegant, affect of mourning|
|Rattling fast movement with longer solo passages, flashy wrap-up, echo ending|