Music by
DANIEL DORFF

 

PERCUSSION

Allegro Volante for Solo Xylophone and Orchestra, or with Band or Piano

Duration: c. 4½'
A dazzling showpiece in the style of a Russian galop, with jazzy American harmonies; Movement 3 from Concerto for Solo Percussion and Orchestra.

INSTRUMENTATION: 2(Picc)222-4331 Timp 3Perc Hp Strings
PREMIERE of orchestra version: Alan Gilbert conducting the Haddonfield Symphony (now Symphony in C); Dean Witten solo xylophone.
Xylophone and Orchestra version: on rental from Theodore Presser Company.
Xylophone and Band version AVAILABLE from your favorite sheet music dealer, or direct from Presser.
Xylophone and Piano version AVAILABLE from your favorite sheet music dealer, or direct from Presser.

AUDIO EXCERPT from the premiere
PROGRAM NOTES

View the complete orchestra score (Mvt. 3 begins at page 66)
View the complete band score
"An entertaining piece, exceptionally well received by the audience."
         – Penn Sounds (Sigal), Winter 1993.

Concerto for Solo Percussion and Orchestra

Duration: c. 20'
INSTRUMENTATION: 2(Picc)222-4331 Timp 3Perc Hp Strings

COMMISSIONED by the Polish Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society for the International Music Workshops in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
PREMIERED March 18, 1995 by Haddonfield (NJ) Symphony, Dean Witten, solo percussion, Alan Gilbert, conductor.

Complete solo part AVAILABLE from your favorite sheet music dealer, or direct from Presser.
Complete piano reduction alone, AVAILABLE from your favorite sheet music dealer, or direct from Presser.
Complete orchestra score AVAILABLE from your favorite sheet music dealer, or direct from Presser.
Orchestra parts AVAILABLE on rental.

AUDIO EXCERPTS of Dean Witten's premiere with the Haddonfield Symphony, Alan Gilbert conducting:
         
  from Mvt. 1
           from Mvt. 2 
           fr
om Mvt. 3

PROGRAM NOTES
View the complete orchestra score


Complete review by John Beck in Percussive Notes
"impressive... highlighted the concert... It exploits the full range of sonorities and technical possibilities of a whole arsenal of percussion instruments... most arresting... a joyous finale... bold and extroverted but also filled with sensitive details."
        – Camden Courier-Post (Baxter), March 22, 1995.
"it is only a truly inventive and inspired composer like Mr. Dorff who is able to go one step further [than just using many percussion instruments] and create unusual sounds, textures, and combinations that work for the listener." 
        – Maestro Alan Gilbert

Shadows for solo Timpani

Duration: c. 11'
Four-movement suite for timpani alone (4 drums, 23" 26" 29" 32")

COMMISSIONED by West Chester University for timpanist Ralph Sorrentino.

Three Dance Etudes for Marimba Duo or Ensemble
Duration: c. 17-21'

PREMIERED SIMULTANEOUSLY by Hitoshi Maeda and Brian Prechtl, Philadelphia, and by Nachiko Maekane (as solo player), Sacramento, November 8, 1985.
PERFORMANCES include the St. Louis Symphony's On Stage Series.
AVAILABLE from your favorite sheet music dealer, or direct from Presser.
Included on New York State's NYSSMA contest list.

YOUTUBE of Duo Anime (Mell Csicsila and Andrew Pongracz) playing Dance Etude No. 1 at Cleveland's "Happy Dog" December 2011
AUDIO EXCERPTS (1 & 2 "badly-miked" premiere by Hitoshi Maeda & Brian Prechtl; 3 by Florence Ierardi & Andrew Reamer)
        from Dance Etude No. 1
        from Dance Etude No. 2
        from Dance Etude No. 3

 PROGRAM NOTES

"highly appealing, vigorous... coloristic, lively dances exploited the instrument's best qualities."    
        – Philadelphia Inquirer, (Kimmelman), November 11, 1985.
"in the hands of mature performers, Three Dance Etudes would be suitable for most any recital or ensemble program."
        – Percussive Notes (Holly), Fall 1987.
"in fact, I feel that they also make good solos."
        – Modern Percussionist (James Preiss), September 1987.




Three Mysteries of Nagasaki for Violin and Percussion

Duration: c. 13'

PREMIERED by Terry Vermillion (perc) and Marion Judish (vn), St. Cloud, MN., February 2000.
AVAILABLE from your favorite sheet music dealer, or direct from Presser.

 PROGRAM NOTES
AUDIO EXCERPTS from the premiere:
       
from Mvt. 1
        from Mvt. 2
        from Mvt. 3

"The sentiment behind the genesis of the piece, and the pairing of both unpitched and pitched metallics with a string instrument, is intriguing. The sections that weave the vibraphone along with the unpitched instruments, with the violin are, … quite lovely.... For an advanced graduate student or professional looking for a percussion and violin pairing outside of the common marimba/violin fare, this piece would make an interesting addition to a recital."
         – Percussive Notes (Marilyn K. Clark Silva), September 2018

 Terry Vermillion's set-up for premiere
 

 

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