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- n. timpani
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James MacMillan has been commissioned to write two pieces: one for choir, organ, brass and timps, the other for choir a cappella.
The trombones crunched redgold under my bed, and behind my gulliver the trumpets three-wise silverflamed, and there by the door the timps rolling through my guts and out again crunched like candy thunder.
The music promises to be superb:James MacMillan has been commissioned to write two pieces: one for choir, organ, brass and timps, the other for choir a cappella.
Imagine a skinny version of Johnny Wilkinson in full evening dress leaping about beating the living daylights out of four timps with an ecstatic grin on his face... nice picture, no?
In the scene when Jehovah sends flood, fire and earthquakes down on the faithless Israelites there's a lot of smiting, the clattering timps and rasping "natural" brass brought a frisson of terror.
I think it is the first performance of a reduced version of the full orchestral score, set for brass, timps, harp, organ and choir.