Craig Armstrong

(b. 1959)
Craig Armstrong was born in 1959 in the east end of Glasgow. He trained at the Royal Academy of Music 1977 under the tutelage of such greats as Cornelius Cardew and Malcolm MacDonald and developed an approach that evokes the most delicate shifts in atmosphere and emotion. On his return to Glasgow, Armstrong became in-house composer at the influential Tron Theatre, working for the first time with director Michael Boyd and writer Peter Arnott. It was at the Tron that Armstrong met actor/ director Peter Mullan, whose films (including The Magdalene Sisters and Neds) he continues to provide the music for today. Since the mid-nineties, he has created scores for both Hollywood and independent films, from Mullan’s directorial debut The Close Trilogy to Bafta, Golden Globe and Novello award-winning soundtracks for Baz Luhrmann’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge!

Craig Armstrong Composition Timpani and Percussion Requirements

Memory Takes My Hand

Timpani + 3 percussion
Vibraphone, temple bell, thunder drum, orchestral bass drum, suspended cymbal, gong, 2 octaves crotales, shaker, low triangle, 3 low tom toms, clash cymbals, high bell

Northern Sound .......Islands

Timpani + 2 percussion
High tubular bells, bass tubular bells, tam tam, vibraphone, 3 timbales, 3 prayer bowls

One Minute

Timpani + 4 percussion
Snare drum, orchestral bass drum, tam tam, bass bow, glockenspiel, vibraphone, D# bass bell, 4 tom toms, flexatone, triangle, tambourine, suspended cymbal, low suspended cymbal, temple bell, brake drum, large rain stick

Twenty Movements

Timpani + 3 percussion
Tam tam, 2 suspended cymbals (high and low), triangle, tambourine, shaker, bell tree, metal wind chimes, low wood chimes, high bell, glockenspiel, marimba, vibraphone

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