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Music for Cello and Timpani

  • Trinity Presbyterian Church 3201 Hillsboro Pike Nashville, TN, 37215 United States (map)

Cellists Kaitlyn Raitz and Josh Dent will present a piece by Giovanni Sollima. This Italian composer was a cellist influenced by a wide array of genres from baroque to minimalism, jazz to rock, and ethnic traditions from the Mediterranean to film and theatre music. His music is regarded as ‘post-Minimalist’ and is perhaps best exemplified by “Violoncelles, vibrez!”. Originally written for two cellos and orchestra, the piece was later arranged for cello octet in honor of the tenth anniversary of the death of the great Milanese teacher Antonio Janigro. Described by The Guardian as featuring ‘breathtaking sonorities ambiguities and audacities’ and by The Times as a ‘real crowd tickler’, this delightful and dramatic piece perfectly shows off the ensemble’s virtuosity in shaping and exploiting their unique sound.

William Wiggins, who played timpani in the Nashville Symphony for almost 50 years is performing an 18th century century concerto for six timpani and orchestra composed by Georg (Jiri) Druschetzky. A Czech/Bohemian oboist/timpanist/composer, Druschetzky worked as a military musician in various posts in Austria and Hungary in the late 18th early 19th centuries. The Concerto for Six Timpani and Orchestra was written ca. 1790.
For this performance Professor Wiggins will be using instruments similar to ones which the composer and his contemporaries would recognize. Unlike modern pedal timpani, these instruments are simple copper bowls tuned by means of T-handled screws around the circumference of the bowl. The pitch of each drum is fixed for the duration of the piece, comprising a C major scale from G to E. The drum heads are natural skins as opposed to the synthetic film of today.

The concert is free. Money collected in the love offering will be donated to help refugee children in Metro Public Schools.

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