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Rockin’ Pauken explores a variety of timbres and rhythms on timpani that emulate the sound of rock drumset and bass. The words in the title are a play on the near rhyme between the slang Rockin’ and the German term for timpani, Pauken. The work also presents several technical challenges for the developing timpanist, including cross stickings, playing with different implements at the same time, playing in different beating spots, tuning changes, and, most unusually for the timpani, double strokes.
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