timbuktu suite no. 1

scoring

snare drum
timpani

piano accompaniment
prelude - the journey begins



1. a sea voyage



2. moroccan roll



3. camel racing in casablanca



4. the little train across the desert



duration

8:30

price

AUD 25.00

program note

The timbuktu suites have been written to supply some much needed Australian repertoire for percussion students of all levels. Each movement has been written to correspond to the technical and musical demands of the matching level of the AMEB percussion syllabus.

It is not intended that the pieces be played as a set – although they have been written as a coherent whole should anybody wish to do so!

  • prelude - the journey begins
  • 1. a sea voyage
  • 2. moroccan roll
  • 3. camel racing in casablanca
  • 4. the little train across the desert
Conceptually the first suite forms a voyage of exploration to the legendary [but very real] city of Timbuktu. The later suites have been inspired by various aspects of the history, culture and environment of the city.

The pieces use a variety of playing techniques to encourage students to explore the various timbres possible on their instruments. Timpani is introduced from grade 1, however it may be necessary to substitute toms if the student doesn't have access to timpani.

Each movement [except the 4th] has a piano accompaniment. For the early grades these accompaniments have been kept simple to allow a percussion teacher with basic piano skills to accompany their students in lessons and examinations.

Where necessary, each movement is prefaced by performance instructions [with photos] and relevant information regarding the composer's inspiration.

The score comes with solo percussion part, piano score and CD.

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mp3 excerpts

prelude - the journey begins
2. a sea voyage
3. moroccan roll
4. camel racing in casablanca
5. the little train across the desert
The timbuktu suite no. 1 was recorded by Louise Devenish [percussion], Alison Conroy [piano] and Tim Pye [lead vocals]. The recording was made at Crank Recording in North Perth - engineered, mixed and mastered by Lee Buddle