Tod Machover

(b. 1953)
Tod Machover is a pioneering composer whose works often incorporate emerging musical technologies. At MIT’s Media Lab he has helped to develop interactive musical tools, such as Hyperinstruments that use artificial intelligence to augment musical expression and creativity.  His wide-ranging output includes orchestral, vocal, chamber and solo pieces, as well as five operas. Machover's music has been performed and commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Centre Pompidou, London Sinfonietta, Houston Grand Opera, Lincoln Center for the Perfoming Arts, Ensemble InterContemporain, Ensemble Modern, and the Tokyo String Quartet.  Tod Machover was nominated as a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for his opera Death and the Powers.

Composition Timpani and Percussion Requirements

Another Life

No Timpani + 1 percussion
Marimba, vibraphone, xylophone

Jeux Deux

No Timpani + 3 percussion + celeste
1) xylophone, 3 suspended cymbals, 5 bowed gongs, celeste, glockenspiel, 2) orchestral bass drum, vibraphone, 3 tam tams, tambourine, clash cymbals, maracas; 3) timpani, marimba, wind chimes, suspended cymbal


No Timpani + 3 percussion + celeste
1) vibraphone, orchestral bass drum, celeste, 3 suspended cymbals, 5 tam tams, 2) xylophone, 3 temple blocks, 4 roto toms, orchestral bass drum, maracas, thunder sheet, glass wind chimes, 3) 5 timpani, marimba, glockenspiel, snare drum, 2 timbales, tenor drum, low gong

Toy Symphony

No Timpani + 3 percussion
1) 2 suspended cymbals, tam tams, vibraphone, glockenspiel, 2) glass chimes, bamboo chimes, mark tree, 3 wood blocks, triangle, xylophone, roto tom, 3) maracas, snare drum, orchestral bass drum, sandpaper blocks, tambourine, timpani, marimba, 2 wood blocks

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