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Capture of the U-505 by John Willmarth

Model # T-JW-505 By: Innovative Percussion
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  • Overview

    • Difficulty: Advanced +
    • Duration: 8:30 Minutes
    • Requires Four Timpani
    • Uses Different Playing Techniques
    • Music and Drama Tell a Story
  • Item Details

    Capture of the U-505 by John Willmarth is an incredibly challenging timpani solo that uses the drums in countless different ways to create intense imagery within the piece. Performers of this piece are called to use many different playing implements and many different technical skills to bring the music to life, making it quite challenging. This piece is a perfect way to display a vast range of musicianship and skills for a collegiate jury or recital.

    Notes from the composer - "Capture of the U-505 is a programmatic piece influenced by Wagner's use of Leitmotif: a musical device in which a character, place, or idea is depicted through the musical theme. Throughout the work the top two drums represent the American Naval forces and the bottom drums the German U-boat, the U-505. The piece is comprised of four sections: The U-boat, The Chase, The Battle, and The Capture. The opening reveals the U-boat theme including the characteristic sound of the sonar ping. The one-handed roll technique depicts the rumble of the U-boat engines. The Chase is written in a canonic style in which one hand "chases" the other. The left hand plays the bottom drums in the key of Bb while the right hand plays the tops drums in the key of F. Eventually an ostinato is unveiled which rhythmically spells out the distress signal "S.O.S." in Morse Code. In The Battle, small cloth bags filled with coins are placed in the center of the drumhead producing an explosion sound when the head is struck. At "agitato" the performer should improvise for 10-20 seconds using, but not limited to, the given motives in a fragmented rhythmic style (devoid of an easily discernible pulse center). The texture of the improvisation should become increasingly dense throughout. The drums can be tuned to any pitch in this section (based on where the performer chooses to end the glissando effects) but should end with the drums in mid-range. A 4-line staff is also used to represent the four drums rather than delineate a specific pitch set. This section should depict chaos, aggression, and ferocity of battle. An elongated glissando up the drums is used to portray the U-boat surfacing thus ending the battle (this phrase should be played on the 32" and 29" drums). The Capture brings some of the beginning themes full circle. This time, however, the rumble of the engines is on the high drums representing the American convoy. The drums are tuned to a major tonality depicting a resolution of the conflict throughout. The sonar ping is no longer present but the motive carries on as the sub is towed away."

  • Specifications

    Name Capture of the U-505 by John Willmarth
    Brand Innovative Percussion
    Model # T-JW-505
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    DifficultyAdvanced +
    Number of Mallets1
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    Author/ComposerWillmarth, John
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    State ListTexas (Grade 1)
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