Harmonic Rhythm - Timpani and Piano

Catalog: PECK14

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For Timpani and piano reduction. Orchestral score (PECK15) available separately. Rental materials available from Pecktackular Music.

The writing of this concerto, which premiered in 2000, was inspired by the largest commissioning consortium to date in music history—39 orchestras. It was also sparked by interest among timpanists based on the composer's well-known percussion concerto The Glory and the Grandeur and percussion trio Lift-Off. It is visually stimulating due to the unusual variety of mallets and brilliant sticking. Harmonic Rhythm requires 5 drums (4 standard sizes plus a piccolo drum).

A primary feature is the melodic writing for the timpani, which shows the instrument's expressive range extending into areas of surprising lyricism. There is powerful action, too, of course, with jazz and rock influences, leading to a very big ending.

Russell Peck (1945-2009) earned three music degrees from the University of Michigan and also attended the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood.  He composed many types of instrumental music and was especially known for his orchestral works with narration.  He was a faculty member of Northern Illinois University, the Eastman School of Music, and the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Publisher: Pecktackular
Composer/Author: Peck, Russell
Catalog Number: PECK14
Pages: 40

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