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Prelude #1

timpani solo
Composer: Christopher Deane
Publisher: Earthshine Publishing distributed by Innovative Percussion
Instrumentation: Timpani set of 4

Program Notes:
Prelude for Solo Timpani was composed in January of 1984 as a musical gift for Carol L Stumpf, principal timpanist of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

"Prelude I is a timpani solo by percusionist/composer Christopher Deane. Written for timpanist Carol L. Stumpf in 1984, this prelude is almost 10 years old. With a concern for a “positive contribution to the serious repertoire for solo timpani,” Deane’s prelude is a companion piece to his popular marimba solo “Etude for a Quiet Hall.” Staying true to the compositional ideas of “Quiet Hall,” Prelude I is an interesting work that is musically challenging. A rhythmic heart beat is the main unifying factor in Prelude I. This pulse occurs in multidimensional ideas are presented around the rhythm. The composer uses a variety of ideas to achieve contrast in both themes and timbre. Different combinations of felt, wood and fingertips are used in conjunction with these themes as they interplay with the main pulse. All of the music is placed in one oversized sheet, and the notation is typical Deane. For those of you not familiar with this composer’s music, Deane uses standard notation, but he chooses to not to work within a meter. Some sections of the music incorporate bar lines and some do not. The procedure corresponds to the phrase structure and reflects the flow of the music. The work uses the four standard timpani and lasts approximately seven minutes. Prelude I is not a pedagogical selection for timpani. It is a serious solo work that would be suitable for senior or graduate recitals. It is a welcome addition to the solo timpani repertoire." - Mark Ford Percussive Notes, April 1994

Christopher Deane

Associate Professor of Percussion
University of North Texas

Christopher Deane is an Associate Professor of Percussion at the University of North Texas College of Music teaching orchestral timpani, mallets, and directing the UNT Percussion Players percussion ensemble. He holds performance degrees from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He studied with James Massie Johnson, former principal timpanist of the St. Louis Symphony and percussion with Allen Otte. He has also studied independently with Roland Kohloff, N.Y. Philharmonic, Eugene Espino, Cincinnati Symphony and Leonard Schulman, N.Y. City Opera.

Deane is currently principal percussionist with the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra and is acting Principal Timpanist of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. He is a frequent performer with the Dallas Wind Symphony and has appeared on five recordings with that ensemble. Deane was the Principal Timpanist of the Greensboro Symphony for nine years and performed with the North Carolina Symphony for ten years. Deane has performed with numerous large ensembles including the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Ft. Worth Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Utah Symphony and Virginia Symphony working with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Loren Maazel, Andrew Litton, Jaap van Sweden, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, and Keith Lockhart. His chamber music experience includes performances with the Percussion Group Cincinnati, Aeolian Chamber Players, Mallarme Chamber Players and the Philidor Percussion Group. He has appeared in more than seventy performances as a concerto soloist with either symphony orchestras or wind ensembles.

Deane was the faculty percussionist for the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival in Maine from 1982 to 1989. Over the course of those eight years Deane worked closely with composer George Crumb performing his music and serving as a consultant to Crumb for works including Idyll for the Misbegotten, Quest, and Haunted Landscapes. Deane served as a percussionist for the American Dance Festival from 1992 to 1996. He has also served as faculty percussionist for the Vale Veneto Music Festival in Brazil.

Deane has recorded as a timpanist, percussionist and Hungarian Cimbalom soloist. He is a featured concerto soloist on two UNT Wind Symphony recordings featuring the concertos of Joseph Schwantner, Russell Peck and William Kraft under the baton of Eugene Corporon. Deane has also recorded the music of Stravinsky with conductor Robert Craft for the Naxos Label, and has recorded with the Detroit Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Cincinnati Philharmonia, Mallarme Chamber Players, St. Stevens Chamber Orchestra and the Winston-Salem Symphony.

Deane has won both 1st and 2nd prize in the PAS Composition Competition. He studied Composition with Sherwood Shaffer, Robert Ward, and Charles Fussell, and independently with Ben Johnston. He has received numerous commissions including the Percussive Arts Society, University of Oklahoma, and the University of Kentucky. His music has been performed and recorded internationally and a number of his compositions have become standard literature on concerts and recitals worldwide. Deane has served two terms on the PAS Board of Directors. He is a clinician for the Bergerault/Dynasty Corporation, Black Swamp Percussion, Innovative Percussion and Sabian Cymbals.

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