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Three Pieces for Five Timpani, Five Roto-Toms, and Wind Ensemble

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Claude Baker

Claude Baker

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General Info

Year: 1989 / 1990
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: MMB Music available from Lauren Keiser Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


Full Score
Solo Timpani and Roto-Toms (5)
Flute I-II-III-IV-V (IV and V doubling C Piccolo)
Bassoon I-II-III
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The orchestral version of this work was commissioned by the Eastman School of Music and premiered by the Eastman Philharmonia with John Beck as soloist and David Effron conducting. The wind version was commissioned Indiana University Wind Ensemble. It was premiered by this group on February 17, 1991 with Bruce Hamilton, soloist, and Ray Cramer, conductor. The first movement opens with the note G-sharp performed three times by percussion, harp, and piano and is followed with the entrance of soloist on the roto-toms. Throughout this movement the soloist uses both sets of instruments to make one melodic line by alternating back and forth or by using them simultaneously. The second movement is titled Diphona, a term used for the title of a book of polyphonic duets from the sixteenth century, and is labeled in the score “free, quasi-improvisational throughout” (Baker 1989). This movement only utilizes the soloist and the three percussionists. It features canonic passages started in the first two percussion parts and this is followed by the soloist and the third percussionist using timpani. The third movement is in memoriam to C.S. It begins with glissandi in the percussion, piano, and harp. For almost the duration of the movement the tempo is eighth note equaling 132 bpm with the meter varying between 3/8, 5/8, 3/16/, 4/4, and 5/4.

- Program Note by Jason S. Ladd


  • 1988 Eastman-Leonard Prize

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Baker, C. (1989). Three pieces: For five timpani, five roto-toms and orchestra [score]. St. Louis, MO: MMB Music, Inc.
  • Claude Baker's Website