Recitative and Improvisation for Four Kettledrums (one player) [$1.50]. [Timpani score]. Elliott CARTER.

Recitative and Improvisation for Four Kettledrums (one player) [$1.50]. [Timpani score]

New York: Associated Music Publishers, Inc. [PN AMP-9601-6], [1960]. Folio. Original publisher's light gray wrappers printed in dark green. [i] (title), 2-7, [i] (publisher's catalog) pp.

With printed performance directions and a note indicating that these pieces come from "Six Pieces for Kettledrums" to lower margin of p. 2.

Wrappers slightly browned. Lightly worn and creased.

Probable First Edition.

Recitative and Improvisation are two of Eight Pieces for Four Timpani, a collection of short pieces for solo timpani. "Six of the pieces [including Recitative and Improvisation] were composed in 1950. Two new pieces were added in 1966, and the rest were revised in collaboration with percussionist Jan Williams. Carter wrote the pieces as studies in tempo modulation and the use of four-note chords. They are a collection rather than a suite, as Carter suggested no more than four be performed at once. The pieces make heavy use of extended techniques, including playing with the back end of the timpani sticks, varying the beating spot on the drumhead, glissandos, and sympathetic vibration." Wikipedia online. The Eight Pieces have become integral works in the solo percussionist's repertoire. Item #25199

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