The concerto takes the soloist on a circular journey through two connected contrasting movements. The first movement is slow and contemplative with no interaction between the soloist and ensemble. The ensemble is transformed throughout the movement by gradually swapping the pitched and non-pitched materials. The second movements rapid textures are initiated by the soloist and developed in the ensemble. Various portions of the rapid texture are highlighted and deconstructed as the movement progresses. After the climax, a timpani cadenza ends the piece in a familiar place.
This piece won the UK Percussion Ensemble Composition Contest in 2007.
Performed by John W. Parks IV and the KU Percussion Ensemble.
Download the score: Concerto for Timpani