Sample Audio

Orchestral Excerpts for Timpani features an audio CD with an orchestral performance of each of the 57 orchestral excerpts in the book, plus 21 ‘practice tracks’. The practice tracks are a combination of live playing and orchestral sound samples, and are presented in various tempi, starting very slowly and moving up to performance tempo.

Here are 2 of the practice tracks on the CD.  Note that the practice tracks all begin with 5 seconds of silence so that mallets can be chosen, headphones adjusted, etc, while practicing:

Bartók, Concerto for Orchestra, 4th movement (played by a live viola section):
CD track 9, quarter= 76  

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Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring, 186 to the end, with full orchestration:
CD track 71, eighth= 126  

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On the CD there are 10 practice tracks for this excerpt; 5 with full orchestration, and 5 which exclude the timpani, tuba, basses, bass-clarinet and contra-bassoon, leaving a unique ‘music-minus-one timpanist’ version of this famous passage.

 

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