Posted By : Jeff Moore
Piece Title : Tangents
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Level : Junior / Senior
Composer / Arranger : Campbell, James (1953-)
Composer / Arranger Details:

James Campbell has received worldwide recognition as a performer, pedagogue and author, and is a respected figure in the development of the contemporary percussion ensemble. He has toured extensively throughout North, South, and Central America, Europe, and Asia. Currently Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, he also holds the positions of Principal Percussionist with the Lexington Philharmonic, drummer with the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra, and Past-President of the Percussive Arts Society.

Well known for his long past association with the internationally renowned Rosemont Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, Jim has served as their principal instructor, arranger, and Program Coordinator and was named to the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame in 2008. He was Percussion Director for the McDonald’s All-American High School Band and has performed at the International Society of Music Education World Conference, International Patagonia Percussion Festival, Journèes de la Percussion, PercuSonidos Percussion Festival, Australian Percussion Eisteddfod, MENC National In-Service Conference, Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, MusicFest Canada, All-Japan Band Clinic, Music for All World Percussion Symposium, state MEA conventions across the country, and frequently appears as an artist at the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC).

Among his works for concert and marching percussion, Jim has published with Hal Leonard Publishing, C.L. Barnhouse Co., C. Alan Publications, Innovative Percussion, Row-Loff Productions, Meredith Music and Alfred Publications with whom he serves as Percussion Team Author for the Expressions Music Curriculum. Jim is an endorsee for Innovative Percussion, Evans Drumheads, Grover Pro Percussion and is a member of the Latin Percussion Educational Advisory Board. He is a clinician for the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company and a Performing Artist for Yamaha Corporation of America, Band & Orchestra Division.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Timpani
Instrument / Discipline : Timpani Solo
Instrumentation : Hi-Hats
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 5 drums
Written for / Commissioned by : John Willmarth
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and Youtube Channel Owner. Recorded / Provided by:
 University of Tennessee-Martin
Accompanied :N/A
Publisher :Innovative Percussion, Inc.
Publishers Website :www.innovativepercussion.com
Publisher Details :

Innovative Percussion is a mallet and stick manufacturer based in Nashville Tennessee. They also distribute publications of a high quality. For more information logon to www.innovativepercussion.com.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :1997 /  1997
Duration :7Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :a hi-hat (remote hi-hat recommended)
Sheet Music Available From :www.innovativepercussion.com      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Program Notes:
Can be performed with any conventional hi-hat, it is suggested that a remote hi-hat and pedal would make the performance more efficient. Place the pedal near the large drums to accommodate the left foot. Place the hi-hat cymbals near the top drum to accommodate the movement.

"This piece may hold the distinction of being the sole example of a solo for timpani and hi-hat. Campbell`s piece requires five timpani, and accommodating the placement of these instruments prompts a suggestion by the composer that, although a conventional hi-hat could be used, "a remote hi-hat and pedal would make the performance more efficient." If this latter suggestion is followed, the pedal is placed near the lowest drums and the cymbals near the highest drum. Much of the hi-hat part is executed by the foot alone. The hand/foot dexterity of a good drumset player is required throughout. For example, the player must maintain a rhythmic ostinato in the right hand on one drum while the left adds a two-drum commentary and the hi-hat embellishes the right-hand pattern. The timpani part requires the showmanship worthy of the drumset artist with its crossover sticking patterns. Notated effects include closed, half-open and open hi-hat, playing in the center of the head, and a "slow vibrato" realized by wiping the head with the mallet after the attack in rapid, repetitive motions. This piece proves that percussion techniques and instruments commonly utilized in two different performance areas can be successfully combined to produce entertaining and exciting solo literature." - John R. Raush Percussive Notes, August 1998

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Posted By : Jeff Moore    Date Posted: 22 February 2009 11:34:00 AM
For timpani solo with hi-hat. Uses different impliments. Very detailed key with suggested setup. Recommends using remote hi-hat pedal. Written using two different staves. One for timpani and the other for the hats. A lot of independence involved with this piece. 2 places where pitches change, but there is plenty of time to change. Very nice piece. Challenging for the performer and entertaining for the listener.
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