The New American Timpani

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Tim Corpus's project was funded on June 15, 2015
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In a Nutshell

The New American Timpani is a project to fund the composition, recording, and performance of three new works featuring timpani. These new works, composed by me, will be recorded and performed by percussionists of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and Lyric Opera Principal Timpanist, Ed Harrison. As a percussionist myself, as well as a composer, I am excited to work on this project and add to America's percussion repertoire.


The Full Story...

My project, The New American Timpani, will include a series of new compositions that will grow the American repertoire for timpani. These works will be written for the percussionists of the Chicago College of Performing Arts. The pieces will include a timpani solo, a quartet with timpani included, and a concerto for timpani. The concerto is being composed for Lyric Opera of Chicago timpanist and Chicago College of Performing Arts percussion department director, Ed Harrison. After the works have been composed, they will be premiered in the annual Chicago College of Performing Arts Percussion Concert in the spring of 2016. In addition to the live premiere of these works, a CD recording will be made.

Timpani are the big drums found at the back of an orchestra. These drums are tuned and give off a defined pitch, as opposed to un-pitched drums like snare drum and bass drum. The timpani have a long history, starting in the 17th century. These drums grew in popularity, becoming standardized by Mozart, Beethoven, and Berlioz. In the 1950’s Timpani reached a new level with the composition Eight Pieces for Four Timpani by Elliott Carter. Carter’s work completely redefined what composers thought the timpani could do. He turned the timpani into a soloist instrument and his work has now become a standard for percussionists. The title, The New American Timpani, is a sort of ode to the achievement of Elliott Carter’s work. I want to continue along the path that he paved and add to the repertoire for timpani.

For me, this project is a “dream come true.” This is an exciting opportunity to compose new works for percussionists. As a young composer I am working hard to find opportunities to compose new works and attain performances. This project will fund new compositions, plus the performance and recordings, which are the best ways that my music can be promoted and will provide me with an important opportunity to develop as a composer. As a percussionist myself and an alumnus of the Chicago College of Performing Arts, I'm excited to once again work with the department. I spent four years at the Chicago College of Performing Arts studying with Ed Harrison. As an alumnus of the CCPA Percussion Program, I am honored to be returning in this new capacity. I learned so much during my time at CCPA. Working with world class teachers was where I learned to be a percussionist, but working with my peers and learning from the upper-classmen is where I learned about being a musician. 

Thank yous

Contribute any amount or choose from the levels below.

  • $10 - One digital download of the recording
    ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $20 - One copy of the limited edition CD
    ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $50 - One autographed copy of the solo timpani score from the recording, plus a limited edition CD
    ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $100 - Two reserved front row tickets to the world premiere performance (March 2016), plus a CD and autographed score
    ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $200 - Two tickets to a special album release party in Chicago (April 2016), a thank you credit on the CD, plus the rewards at the $100 level.
    ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $500 - A new percussion composition (1 - 2 minutes long) composed and dedicated to you or someone you know, plus the rewards at the $200 level.
    ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $1000 - A new string quartet composition (3 - 4 minutes long) composed and dedicated to you or someone you know, plus the rewards at the $500 level.
    ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
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Timothy A. Corpus earned his bachelors of music degree in percussion performance from Roosevelt University and a master of music degree in music composition at the University of Hartford. As ...
  • Update 1: New American Timpani - Update#1
    Posted on April 20, 2015

    Hey everybody thank you for all of your support! I posted a short video with updates.

    I'm off to Ireland, follow me on twitter.com/timcorpus and instagram.com/timcorpus for more updates! Thanks, Tim

    Update 2: New American Timpani - Update#2
    Posted on May 11, 2015

    Hey everybody thank you for all of your support! I posted a new video with updates.

    I'll be posting more updates soon, follow me on twitter.com/timcorpus and instagram.com/timcorpus for more updates!

    Thanks,

    Tim 

    Update 3: New American Timpani - Update#3
    Posted on May 19, 2015

    Hey everybody thank you for all of your support! I posted a new video with updates.

    I'll be posting more updates soon, follow me on twitter.com/timcorpus and instagram.com/timcorpus for more updates!

    Thanks,

    Tim 

    Update 4: New American Timpani - Update#4
    Posted on June 08, 2015

    Thank you for all of your support! Only 15% left to go.

    Update 5: New American Timpani - Update#5
    Posted on June 15, 2015

    Thank you for all of your support!

    Update 6: New American Timpani - Update #6
    Posted on April 19, 2016

    The Premiere

    CCPA Percussion Ensemble Concert
    Wednesday, April 20, 2016 7:30pm
    Room 1080
    Roosevelt University
    430 S Michigan Ave
    Chicago, IL 60605
    Tomorrow evening is the world premiere of the final 2 works from the New American Timpani Project. Live Together, Die Alone and Concerto for Timpani will be premiered at the CCPA Percussion Ensemble concert at Roosevelt University. Performances will be by the CCPA Percussion Ensemble featuring Ed Harrison and the Lake Effect Percussion Quartet.
    Thank you all for your support!
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