“Right or Left” is an intermediate-level timpani solo written as an exploration of figures leading with both the right and left hands. When performing this solo, be sure to follow the sticking patterns given. Where a specific sticking is not indicated, simply maintain the idea of the patterns presented up to that point. All sticking indications are based on a French timpani setup (lowest drum to the player’s left); if using a German setup (lowest drum to the player’s right), simply reverse the stickings indicated. When performing other solo works or timpani parts in ensembles, the sticking concepts presented in this solo will hopefully be something you can apply to that music.
Dr. Nicholaus Meyers is Director of Bands and Percussion at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. He is an active composer, conductor, and performer, giving clinics and masterclasses throughout the United States. Additionally, he is the Chair of the PAS Composition Committee and past President of the North Dakota PAS Chapter.