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Anthony Tresky - Junior Recital

The Dana Concert Series Presents

Anthony Tresky

Junior Percussion Recital

Bliss Hall - Room 2326 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 6:00pm

The Junior Recital is in partial fulfillment of the B.M. in Music Education


Raga No. 1 (1968) William Cahn (b. 1946) Raga No. 1 was composed in 1968, and was performed by the composer, William Cahn, at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. The idea for the piece was inspired by hearings of the music of North India, and especially by the rhythm and techniques used on the tabla, the traditional drums of North Indian classical music.

Virginia Tate (1999) Paul Smadbeck (b. 1955) The composition was named after Mr. Smadbeck’s mother-in-law who passed away tragically in 1986. Musically, I wanted to initially create for the listener a mood of quiet reflection. The form is a fairly simple AABC Coda, prefaced by

an introduction in c#. The primary melodic theme, also in c#, is stated twice and leads to a rather forceful section in f# which develops fragments of earlier material. This is followed by an expectation of a return to the primary melodic theme when, instead, the material from the introduction is used in a downward cascade of chords, ending in a quiet echo of the opening theme. Notes by com- poser.

#9 from 12 Etudes (1964) Jacques Delecluse (1933-2015) This is an etude that is meant to test the performer’s sensitivity to low dynamic control and technical mastery.

2040’s Sortie (1947) Alan Abel (1924-2018) Born in Zanesville, Ohio, Abel graduated from The Ohio State University in 1950 and his teachers included M. Whitcomb, J. Evans, and D. McGiness. 2040’s Sortie for solo snare drum was composed in 1947 and received its premiere the same year at Ohio State University. The piece is dedicated to V.F.W. Post 2040 in Coshocton, Ohio.

Homage to Max (2000) I.



Rande Sanderbeck (b. 1953)

Inspired by Max Roach’s jazz drumming, Rande Sanderbeck has written an inter- esting and original five-movement suite which displays a drummer’s finesse and control in a variety of styles.

Concertino for Marimba (1940) I. Vigorous

II. Calm III. Lively

Paul Creston (1906-1985)

Jack Ciarniello, piano
Concertino for Marimba by Paul Creston is perhaps the most famous of all

marimba concertos, having been performed by several of the most famous percussionists in the world such as Evelyn Glennie, Vida Chenowith, Christopher Norton. This work, which was commissioned by Frederique Petrides, conductor of the Orchestrette Classique, and dedicated to her, was completed in March, 1940. It is in three movements and is designed to demonstrate the capabilities of the marimba as a solo instrument with orchestral accompaniment. 

Anthony Tresky is a music education major at Youngstown State University. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from Bishop Canevin High School in 2015. While in high school, he performed with the River City Youth Brass Band and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra.

While at the Dana School of Music, Anthony has performed with the YSU Wind Ensemble, Marching Pride, Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos, and Percussion Ensemble. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Youngstown Percussion Collective, and Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association.

Outside the University, Anthony instructs marching percussion at North Hills High School, Bishop Canevin High School, and is a freelance musician in the Pittsburgh area.

Anthony would like to thank his family and friends for their continued love and support.

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