‘Threshold: for Solo Timpani, Two Percussion and Orchestra’

Pereira, Joseph, Palmer, Timothy and Huxtable, Jason (2018) ‘Threshold: for Solo Timpani, Two Percussion and Orchestra’. [Performance] (Unpublished)

Abstract

‘Threshold’ was a commissioning project between Joseph Pereira (Composer and Principal Timpanist: Los Angeles Philharmonic), Maraca2 Percussion Duo (Timothy Palmer, Jason Huxtable), the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and Gustavo Dudamel (Music & Artistic Director, Los Angeles Philharmonic) with generous support from Marcia and Gary Hollander. Research process: The piece received its World Premiere on January 25th 2018 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles (Cond. Gustavo Dudamel) with subsequent performances on January 26th, January 27th (The Granada Theatre, Santa Barbara) and January 28th. ‘Threshold’ received its Asian Premiere on 3rd May 2019 at the Esplanade Concert Hall with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (Cond. Pascal Rophé). Research insights: ‘Threshold’ contributes to the Percussive/Orchestral repertoire in a number of ways. Percussive Forces: Threshold is unique as a concerto for Timpani and Percussion Duo, providing new programming opportunities for percussionists and orchestras. Spatialization: The composition explores techniques of spatialization through evolving/transitioning staging. ‘Where’ the sound is produced takes new primacy as a compositional device. Extended Techniques and Instrumentation: The composition extends instrumental possibilities through reimagination of found sounds (e.g. pitched ceramic tiles) and instrumental fusions (e.g. gongs on timpani, sleigh bells inside temple bowl). A consistent and thorough use of extended techniques applied to all the instruments of the Orchestra contribute to a ‘new’ sound world and textural/timbral combinations. Dissemination: The work was disseminated via a number of performances.

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