Antonio Bibalo

(1922 - 2008)
Born in 1922 in Trieste, Italy Antonio Bibalo studied with Elisabeth Lutyens after graduating from the Trieste Conservatoire in 1946. During World War II Bibalo was conscripted into Mussolini’s army where he duly escaped but was recaptured by the Germans and sent to forced labour as a prisoner of war. He moved to London in 1953 and in 1955 won a prize for his 1954 work Fantasia in the Wieniawski Competition in Warsaw. In 1956 Bibalo visited Larvik in Norway on holiday and later that year decided to settle in the Scandinavian Country. Later in 1968, he became a Norwegian Citizen by which time he had become a prolific composer, notable works of which include Ghosts in 1981, Macbeth in 1990 and his first opera, Smile at the Foot of the Ladder first performed in Hamburg Germany. Other notable works include his frequently performed work Miss Julie in 1975 and The Glass Menagerie in 1996 which was voted work of the year by the Norwegian Composers Association.

Antonio Bibalo Composition Timpani and Percussion Requirements

Overture Le Serviteur de Deux Maitres

Timpani + 1 percussion + celeste
Clash cymbals, military snare drum, 3 temple blocks, triangle, suspended cymbal – celeste

Pinocchio Suite

Timpani + 4 percussion + celeste
Triangle, snare drum, 3 temple blocks, 3 suspended cymbals (small, med, large), 2 tom toms, bongos, tambourine, clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum, small tam tam, large tam tam, glockenspiel, vibraphone, xylophone – celeste

Symphony No 2

Timpani + 2 percussion
Glockenspiel, 2 suspended cymbals, medium tam tam, large gong, military snare drum, orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals

Piano Concerto No 2

Timpani + 3 percussion
Military snare drum, suspended cymbal, clash cymbals, triangle, glockenspiel, large tam tam, orchestral bass drum


Timpani + 2 percussion
Orchestral bass drum, tambourine, clash cymbals, triangle

Nocturne for Apollo, Ballet

Timpani (doubling tam tam) + 2 percussion
Maracas, bongos, guiro, sleighbells, triangle, 3 suspended cymbals (small, med, large), 3 tom toms, military snare drum, small tam tam, large tam tam, orchestral bass drum, vibraphone, glockenspiel, xylophone

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