For 2 Pianos and 2 Percussionists (1993/4)
by Ron Hannah

Duration: about 6 minutes

     This was written for an amazing Edmonton group called The Hammerhead Consort. Originally formed to play Bartok's famous work for this combination, they went on to win several awards and decided to stay together and seek out (and commission) new works. I wrote Toccatissimo! as a gift to them and they performed it at an Edmonton Composers' Concert Society (now called Tonus Vivus Society) concert the next season. It was also recorded by CBC for later broadcast.

     As the name implies, it is a busy piece which builds from a quick and light beginning to a shattering climax at the end. It contains many polyrhythmic places, a favourite device of mine, and an aleatoric section for the pianos. It was an excellent way for me to learn about percussion writing, and it works well.

     The score (with parts) is available by request, free of charge, provided only that you give me the particulars of any performances so that I can keep this website up-to-date.