John Corigliano

(b. 1938)
Born in 1938 John Corigliano continues to add to one of the richest, most unusual and most widely celebrated bodies of work any composer has created over the last forty years. Corigliano's numerous scores—including three symphonies and eight concertos among over one hundred chamber, vocal, choral, and orchestral works—have been performed and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians in the world. Corigliano's newest composition is One Sweet Morning which premiered in September 2011 with the New York Philharmonic and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe. Other recent scores include Conjurer (2008), for percussion and string orchestra, commissioned for and introduced by Dame Evelyn Glennie.

John Corigliano Composition Timpani and Percussion Requirements

Phantasmagoria (on themes from "The Ghosts of Versailles"), for cello & piano

Timpani + 4 percussion
Orchestral bass drum, castanets, tubular bells, 2 octaves crotales, glockenspiel, floor tom, snare drum, suspended cymbal, tambourine, temple blocks, 4 x tom toms, triangle, vibraphone, 2 x wood blocks, xylophone

Clarinet Concerto

Timpani + 4 percussion (1 dT)
Wood block, triangle, tam tam, orchestral bass drum, snare drum, 2 x tambourines, 5 x tom toms, temple blocks, 2 x tenor drums, clash cymbals, vibraphone, xylophone, suspended cymbal

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (The Red Violin)

Timpani + 4 percussion + celeste
Glockenspiel, 2 octaves crotales, xylophone, vibraphone, tubular bells, bell tree, 2 metal plates, triangle, suspended cymbal, ride cymbal, tam tam, slapstick, ratchet, tambourine, wood block, temple block, castanets, snare drum, 2 tenor drums, 3 roto toms, 3 tom toms, celeste

Fantasia on an Ostinato

2 Timpani + 4 percussion
1) xylophone, vibraphone, snare drum, clash cymbals, top octave crotales 2) vibraphone, glockenspiel, tubular bells, roto tom, tenor drum, tambourine, ratchet, 3) glockenspiel, tenor drum, orchestral bass drum, brake drum, suspended cymbal, 3 temple blocks, triangle, 4) snare drum, 2 temple blocks, suspended cymbal, tam tam, tambourine, whip

Gazebo Dances

Timpani + 3 percussion
Xylophone, snare drum, tenor drum, orchestral bass drum, suspended cymbal, clash cymbals, triangle, tambourine, handbell

Symphony No 2

Timpani + 4 percussion
2 x brake drums, temple blocks, 2 x snare drums, xylophone, vibraphone, 2 octaves crotales, tam tam, whip, tambourine, 2 x glockenspiels, tubular bells, clash cymbals, 2 x suspended cymbals, 2 x tenor drums, orchestral bass drum, triangle, ratchet

The Mannheim Rocket

Timpani + 4 percussion
1) xylophone, glockenspiel, 2 octaves crotales, musical saw, tambourine, tam tam, triangle, clash cymbals, 2 tuned cowbells, large ratchet, 2) toy piano, vibraphone, glockenspiel, flexatone, metal plate and hammer, police whistle, sandpaper blocks, ratchet, tambourine, maracas, orchestral bass drum, swanee whistle 3) vibraphone, glockenspiel, xylophone, high cowbell, tam tam, clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum, police whistle, swanee whistle, 2 octaves crotales, ratchet, Jews harp, 4) vibraphone, glockenspiel, timpani, tam tam, clash cymbals, snare drum, ratchet, slapstick, cellophane, lions roar, 2 swanee whisltes, glass in bucket

Three Hallucinations for Orchestra (1981)

2 Timpani + 3 percussion
Snare drum, ratchet, bell tree, suspended cymbal, tenor drum, orchestral bass drum, brake drum, temple blocks, small tam tam, xylophone, glockenspiel, 2 octaves crotales

Utah Fanfare

No Timpanist + 2 percussion
Timpani (2), snare drum, orchestral bass drum

All composer images remain the copyright of their respective owners. Any use of images by this website is purely for educational purposes only and not commercial gain. If you wish for your image to be removed, please email us at and we will remove this as soon as possible