Compositions
Sir Michael Tippett

(1905 - 1998)
Sir Michael Tippett was an English composer. In his long career he produced a large body of work, including five operas, three large-scale choral works, four symphonies, five string quartets, four piano sonatas, concertos and concertante works, song cycles and incidental music. The works for which he is best known are the Concerto for Double String Orchestra, the oratorio A Child of Our Time and the Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli. His deeply held humanitarian and pacifist beliefs shaped both his life and his music: he served a prison sentence as a conscientious objector in the Second World War. An interest in many aspects of contemporary culture is reflected in his music and writings. Tippett was one of the first openly gay composers to explore issues of sexuality in his work. The libretti of his operas, which he wrote himself, attracted criticism for their apparent naivety and sometimes awkward and not quite idiomatic use of contemporary slang, as well as for their sometimes obscure extra-musical references. He had a keen interest in musical education and in later life was active as a broadcaster and lecturer. As a conductor he recorded many of his own works. He is generally acknowledged to be one of the most important British composers of the 20th century.

Composition timpani and percussion requirements

Byzantium

No Timpani + 7 percussion + celeste
Snare drum, tenor drum, orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, wood block, suspended cymbal, castanets, triangle, xylophone, vibraphone, glockenspiel, 2 octaves crotales, tubular bells & low G, claves, 3 anvils, celeste
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Concerto for Orchestra

Timpani + 3 percussion
Snare drum, tenor drum, orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, wood block, triangle, tam tam, xylophone
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Mask of Time

Timpani + 6 percussion
Snare drum, tenor drum, orchestral bass drum, 3 tom toms, 4 suspended cymbals, wood block, tambourine, castanets, triangle, tam tam, 2 gongs, xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, tubular bells, 2 octaves boo bams, 4 tuned gongs, maracas, claves, 2 anvils, bamboo wind chimes, thunder sheet
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Ritual Dances

Timpani + 2 percussion
Triangle, clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum, tam tam
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Symphony No 1

Timpani + 1 percussion
Orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, snare drum
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Symphony No 2

Timpani + 1 percussion
Orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, snare drum
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Symphony No 3

Timpani + 7 percussion + celeste
Snare drum, tenor drum, orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, suspended cymbal, wood block, temple block, castanets, tam tam, xylophone, vibraphone, glockenspiel, 2 octaves crotales, tubular bells, maracas, claves, celeste
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Symphony No 4

Timpani + 4 percussion
Snare drum, tenor drum, orchestral bass drum, tom tom, clash cymbals, suspended cymbal, wood block, triangle, xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, tubular bells, maracas, claves
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The Rose Lake

Timpani + 5 percussion
Snare drum, large orchestral bass drum, 2 suspended cymbals, castanets, 2 tam tams, xylophone, 5 octave marimba, 4 octave vibraphone, glockenspiel, 36 roto toms, large gong, tubular bells
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