Jacques Ibert

(1890 - 1962)
Jacques François Antoine Ibert was a French composer. Having studied music from an early age, he studied at the Paris Conservatoire and won its top prize, the Prix de Rome at his first attempt, despite studies interrupted by his service in World War I. Ibert pursued a successful composing career, writing seven operas, five ballets, incidental music for plays and films, songs, choral works, and chamber music. He is probably best remembered for his orchestral works including Divertissement (1930) and Escales (1922). As a composer, Ibert did not attach himself to any of the prevalent genres of music of his time, and has been described as an eclectic. This is seen even in his best-known pieces: Divertissement, for small orchestra is lighthearted, even frivolous, and Escales (1922) is a ripely romantic work for large orchestra.

Jacques Ibert Composition Timpani and Percussion Requirements

Diane de Poitiers - Suite 1

Timpani + 6 percussion
1) glockenspiel, vibraphone, 2 snare drum, 3) clash cymbals, suspended cymbal, 4) tambourine, tam tam, 5) orchestral bass drum, tam tam, 6) triangle

Diane de Poitiers - Suite 2

Timpani + 6 percussion
1) glockenspiel, vibraphone,  2) snare drum, tambourine, 3) clash cymbals, suspended cymbal, 4) tam tam, castanets, 5) orchestral bass drum, 6) triangle, tubular bells, Eb F Bb, tambourine

Divertissement pour Orchestre

Timpani + 3 percussion
Clash cymbals, suspended cymbal, orchestral bass drum, tam tam, wood block, tambourine, police whistle, snare drum


Timpani + 8 percussion
1) xylophone, 2) snare drum, suspended cymbal, 3) tambourine, 4) clash cymbals, suspended cymbal, 5) castanets, 6) tam tam, 7) triangle, 8) orchestral bass drum

The Little White Donkey

Timpani + 2 percussion
1) 3 wood blocks, vibraphone, 2) orchestral bass drum, triangle

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