Simon Bainbridge

(b. 1952)
Simon Bainbridge was born in 1952. He studied composition at the Royal College of Music with John Lambert and later at Tanglewood with Gunther Schuller. His Viola Concerto (1976) commissioned by the late Walter Trampler was a formidable early success. Since then works have been commissioned from the BBC, London Sinfonietta, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Marimolin among many others. He is also active as a conductor, particularly of contemporary music, and teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music, London. In April 1997 Simon Bainbridge was awarded the Grawemeyer Award for Musical Composition. The musical equivalent of a Nobel prize, the award is offered in recognition of outstanding achievement by a living composer. Bainbridge is only the second Briton to win the prize, the other being Sir Harrison Birtwistle in 1987.

Simon Bainbridge Composition Timpani and Percussion Requirements

Ad Ora Incerta (four orchestral songs from Primo Levi)

Timpani + 3 percussion
1) marimba, glockenspiel, tubular bells, medium tam tam, sizzle cymbal, high suspended cymbal, bass bow, snare drum, flexatone, personal alarm canister, 2 wine glasses in Dnat and Eb, crotales, B and C 2) xylophone, large tam tam, medium suspended cymbal, bass bow, crotales G and Ab, bell tree, claves 3) triangle, large suspended cymbal, bass bow, crotales G and Ab, orchestral bass drum, cabassa, large maracas


No timpani + 2 percussion
Marimba, vibraphone, high triangle, Japanese temple bells (high, medium & low)

Concerti Grossi

No Timpani + 2 percussion
1) Marimba, 4 octave vibraphone, antique cymbal 2) hi hat, sizzle cymbal, antique cymbal, suspended cymbal, high Burmese gong, orchestral bass drum, 2 octave boo bams, marimba


No Timpani + 4 percussion
1) marimba, 2 octaves crotales, bass bow, suspended cymbal, antique cymbal, glockenspiel, small triangle 2) small and medium suspended cymbal, bass bow, vibraphone, small and medium triange 3) medium suspended cymbal, maracas, 2 octaves boo bams, vibraphone, sizzle cymbal, large triangle 4) orchestral bass drum, tam tam, small and large water gongs, tubular bells, Burmese gongs medium and large


No Timpani + 5 percussion + celeste
1) glockenspiel, Japanese wood block, small suspended cymbal 2) vibraphone, bass bow, 2 octave boo bams, 4 temple blocks, medium suspended cymbal 3) marimba, water gong, maracas 4) antique cymbal, bass bow, water gong, cenceros 5) sizzle cymbal, tam tam, 4 tuned gongs, log drum, large suspended cymbal + celeste

The Garden of Earthly Delights

No timpani + 2 percussion
High triangle, sizzle cymbal, large suspended cymbal, 2 octaves crotales, glockenspiel, 5 octave marimba, 4 octave vibraphone, 5 temple blocks, 2 wood blocks, claves, guiro, water gong, bell plates, 2 tam tams (large and small), boo bams, tabor, orchestral bass drum

Three Pieces for Chamber Orchestra

No Timpani + 3 percussion + celeste
Marimba, vibraphone, sizzle cymbal, suspended cymbal, high Burmese gong, water gong, large tam tam, Ab tubular bell, maracas, 2 octave boo bams, 2 brake drums, 2 log drums, 4 tom toms, non resonant metal bins, Gato drums, orchestral bass drum, celeste

Toccata for Orchestra

Timpani + 4 percussion
1) vibraphone 2) marimba 3) almglocken C4 – B4, 12 roto toms Bb3 – C#5, claves 4) temple blocks x 4, hi hat, snare drum, pedal bass drum

Towards the Bridge

No timpani + 1 percussion + drum kit
Sizzle cymbal, large gong, vibraphone, drum kit

Viola Concerto

No Timpani + 3 percussion
Vibraphone, wood blocks x 2, sizzle cymbal, Thai gongs, tubular bells, 5 temple blocks, 4 rin, small tam tam, large tam tam, 4.3 oct marimba, bongos x 2, glockenspiel, maracas

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