Thunder (solo from “Triangel”)

Percussion solo

Description

First performance: 1994 Kyoto, Japan
Isao Nakamura

 

There are certain instruments – some of which have been present in an orchestral line – up for centuries – which so far have not had a chance to shine in a solo role. One such instrument is the Timpani, or kettle drum. Due to its unique tone, produced by resonance, this instrument is usually employed to provide stability and grounding, as well as suggesting danger in louder passages, and to imply space and distance in other places.

There are several reasons for this under-utilisation as a solo instrument. One of them is mechanical – early timpani were only able to play at a single pitch and although transposition was possible it was relatively complicated and took too long. The 1870s saw the evolution of the pedal timpani, which allowed the player to change pitches faster and more accurately, to within an octave.

THUNDER FOR ONE BASS TIMPANI was composed to exploit the potential of the pedal timpani. The title describes the piece thoroughly. Whilst in a symphony orchestra there can be anything from two to ten kettle drums, what is special about this piece is that just one instrument is used, and at last the Timpani has a chance to feature as a solo instrument!

Thunder is dedicated to Isao Nakamura.

/Peter Eötvös –  1995/

Performances

23 Aug, 2019
Giverny, France

Eötvös: Thunder

Festival de Musique de Chambre de Giverny
Musée des impressionnismes de Giverny

14 Jul, 2019
Santander, Spain

Eötvös: Now, Miss! for violin and violoncello, Psy, désaccord 2, Dances of the brush-footed butterfly, A call, Cadenza, Thunder, Joyce for clarinet solo

Santander Music Festival
Participants of the Santander Music Festival

11 Jan, 2019
Dresden, Germany

Eötvös: Now, Miss! für violine und Violoncello, Hommage a Domenico Scarlatti, Psy, Dances of the Brush-Footed Butterfly, A call, Para Paloma, Thunder, Cadenza, Levitation, Kosmos

Festspielhaus Hellerau
Soloist of Sachsischen Staatskapelle Dresden

24 Sep, 2018
Tokyo, Japan

Thunder for one bass timpani

Isao Nakamura
Born Creative Festival
Venue: Metropolitan Theatre

1 Mar, 2016
Nagoya, Japan

Eötvös: Thunder

Isao Nakamura

16 Feb, 2014
Cologne, Germany

Eötvös: New Psalm, Thunder

New Psalm - solo percussion
Thunder
- solo percussion
Martin Grubinger

10 Nov, 2013
Vienna, Austria

Eötvös: Erdenklavier - Himmelklavier No 2., Thunder, Psy

die reihe Ensemble
conductor:  Gottfried Rabl
Wiener Konzerthaus, Berio-Saal

15 Jul, 2012
Brasil

Eötvös: Thunder

Thierry Miroglio

17 Mar, 2008
Lyon, France

Eötvös: Derwishtanz, Zwei promenaden, Thunder

Lyon Biennale
TNP, Villeurbanne

3 Feb, 2007
Paris, France

Eötvös: Natasha, Thunder, Erdenklavier-Himmelklavier, Two poems to Polly

Ensemble Aleph

23 Mar, 2000
Tokyo, Japan

Eötvös: Thunder

Isao Nakamura

29 Aug, 1998
Akiyoshidai, Japan

Eötvös: Thunder

Isao Nakamura

23 Sep, 1994
Kyoto, Japan

Eötvös: Thunder

First performance
Isao Nakamura

Details

Genre:
Duration:
5 minutes
Date:
1993

Publisher information

Orchestration     

TITLE Dur. Soloists & choir fl ob cl bcl bn   hn tpt tbn tba   perc pf hp   vn1 vn2 va vc db Other Tech
Thunder (solo from “Triangel”)
Chamber Music - Solo instrument
5'btimp00000 0000 000 00000

one basstimpani

Further information

Manche Instrumente – die seit Jahrhunderten im Orchester brav dienen – haben wenig Chance solistisch aufzutreten. Dazu gehört auch die Pauke. Wegen der magischen Klang des Kesselresonanzes war dieses Instrument immer ein Ausdruck für Betonung, Stabilität, Gefahr, aber auch für Raum und Entfernung. Aus mechanischen Gründen konnte man früher auf die Pauke nur eine Tonhöhe erzeugen, die Umstimmung war möglich, aber relativ aufwendig und zu langsam. Erst seit etwa 120 Jahren ist die Pedalpauke entwickelt worden, worauf die Tonhöhen im Oktavumfang stufenlos schnell veränderbar sind. Auf diese Eigenschaft der Pauke ist die Komposition Thunder for one basstimpani geschrieben. Der Titel sagt alles. Obwohl in Orchester auf zwei bis zehn Pauken gespielt werden, die Spezialität dieses Stückes liegt eben darin, daß hier nur auf eine einzige Pedalpauke gespielt wird.
Thunder ist Isao Nakamura gewidmet.

/Peter Eötvös  – 1995/

Sound

Recordings

Videos

Leonie Klein: Thunder

Casa della Musica di Parma, 2017 – Thierry Miroglio

Isao Nakamura, 2020