(DAT) Advanced Orchestral Timpani Repertoire

Indy list

This graphic is the actual repertoire list from an Indianapolis Symphony Principal Timpani audition.

These lists are based on my database of timpani repertoire from many auditions over the last 10-15 years.

After acquisition and study of the list below, combined with the basic list also available here at this site, you will be ready for most any repertoire that you will encounter at timpani auditions.


Samuel Barber

Essay #2, op. 17
Symphony #1 in One Movement, op. 9


Concerto for Orchestra
Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta
Piano Concerto #2
Violin Concerto #2


Piano Concerto #3, op.37
Piano Concerto #5, op.73
Symphony #3, op.55
Symphony #4, op.60
Symphony #8, op.93
Violin Concerto, op.61


Symphonie Fantastique, op.14

Leonard Bernstein

Overture to Candide

Ernest Bloch

Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody


German Requiem, op. 45
Piano Concerto #1, op. 15
Symphony #4, op. 98

Benjamin Britten

Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, op. 34

Gustav Holst

The Planets


Symphony #1 (for an assistant timpani position)
Symphony #2 (for an assistant timpani position)
Symphony #5
Symphony #7


Symphony #41, K. 551


Symphony #4, "The Inextinguishable", op. 29


Symphony #6, op. 111


Bacchanale from "Samson et Dalila"


Symphony #9, "The Great", D. 944

William Schuman

Symphony #6


Finlandia, op.26
Symphony #1, op.39
Symphony #2, op.43
Symphony #7, op.105
Violin Concerto, op.47

Richard Strauss

Don Juan, op. 20
Der Rosenkavalier: Suite
Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), op. 24


Firebird Suite (1919 version)


Romeo and Juliet: Overture Fantaisie
Symphony #5, op.64
Symphony #6, op.74


Siegfried's Rhine Journey from "Götterdämmerung"


Of course, there is much more interesting and challenging repertoire for timpani that does not find its way onto audition repertoire lists...


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