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  • Velocities (1990) by Joseph Schwantner

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    This performance described by Mr. Schwantner as "spirited, engaging, and full of energy."

    Velocities (1990), subtitled Moto Perpetuo, is a major component of today's solo marimba literature. It was commissioned by the Percussive Arts Society and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts in a Consortium Commission for world-renowned marimbists Leigh Howard Stevens, William Moersch, and Gordon Stout. Its extensive moving lines make this work a challenge for even the most advanced marimbist. Velocities is structured in a single arch-like allegro movement with continuously changing textures and suddenly shifting meters. Rapidly articulated sixteenth notes in four, five, six, and seven note pitch sets develop extensive linear, harmonic, and rhythmic elements of the work. Leigh Howard Stevens gave Velocities its world premiere at the 1990 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Philadelphia. Schwantner's expertly crafted wind works have also become a staple of today's wind ensemble repertoire.

    Program Note by Justin R. Stolarik

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    Part of Dr. Stolarik's University of Texas at Austin DMA 2 Solo Percussion Recital, entitled "An Unconventional 20th Century Retrospective."

    Thursday, November 15th, 2007 at 4:30pm in Bates Recital Hall.

    My unconventional retrospective concept delivers a wide variety of musical styles of the twentieth-century -- one work from almost every decade. The pieces not originally composed for percussion have been included as a means to demonstrate the contributions by important composers of the century and to expose the listener to the versatility of percussion instruments. Show less
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  • University of Texas at Austin DMA 2 Solo Percussion Recital Play

    Thursday, November 15th, 2007 at 4:30pm in Bates Recital Hall. My unconventional retrospective concept delivers a wide variety of musical styles of the twentieth-century -- one work from almost every decade. The pieces not originally composed for percussion have been included as a means to demonstrate the contributions by important composers of the century and to expose the listener to the versatility of percussion instruments.
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  • University of Texas at Austin MM Solo Percussion Recital Play

    Spring 2005, Master's Percussion Recital. Live in Bates Recital Hall at The University of Texas at Austin.
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  • Wind Band Excerpts for Timpani: A Performance Guide Play

    This video (in 8 parts) is from Dr. Stolarik's Lecture Recital to accompany his book, 20th-Century Wind Band Excerpts for Timpani: A Performance Guide.

    With the evolution of the wind band has come an increase in the technical challenges placed on the performers and in the quantity of music written by prominent composers. Despite this, it is still orchestral excerpts that are exclusively studied and taught in preparation for auditions and performances. Wind band excerpts have not yet become a staple of individual practice or studio teaching even though this genre presents a variety of performance challenges. In particular, there exists a need for the compilation, analysis, and guidance of prominent and challenging timpani excerpts from the growing range of quality band repertoire.

    The purposes are: to isolate a collection of timpani excerpts from significant and frequently performed compositions of the wind band repertoire; to provide an analysis focusing on logistical and performance problems, preparation, and practical advice to aid in the successful performance of each excerpt; and to offer composers and conductors a useful resource that creates an awareness of the technical possibilities and demands placed on the timpanist.
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