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Mitchell Peters

1 Compositions by Mitchell Peters

Mitchell Peters (born 1935)[1] is former principal

timpanist and percussionist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. He has composed well-known pieces
for the marimba such as Yellow After the Rain and Sea
Refractions; it is said that these works were composed because Peters felt that there was a lack of musically interesting material that would introduce his students to fourmallet marimba techniques. Several of his snare drum
and timpani etude books are in common use as well. He
began his career in the army orchestra. He later was principal percussionist of Dallas Symphony before taking the
principal percussion position in the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1969. When principal timpanist William Kraft
retired in 1981 to pursue his career as a composer, Peters stepped up to assume the role as timpanist, a position he occupied through the Los Angeles Philharmonics
2005/2006 season. Peters is well known for his prodigious sightreading ability.

Lady of Spain (by Tolchard Evans), xylophone, 5

marimbas, double bass and bells (arr. ; Mitchell
March of the Eagles, 5 percussionists (pub. 1967)
A la naigo, percussion ensemble (5 players) (pub.
Etude #I, 4 tom-toms (1 player) (pub. 1967) [Grade
Study in 5/8, percussion quartet (pub. 1967) [Grade
Odd Meter Rudimental Etudes, snare drum, educational work (pub. 1967)
Stick Control for the Drum Set, Volume 1: Basic
Triplet Patterns, educational work (pub. 1967)

Peters became the applied percussion teacher at

California State University Los Angeles shortly after
joing the LA Philharmonic. During his tenure as timpanist, he took the position as Professor of Percussion at
the University of California, Los Angeles. In May 2012,
Peters retired from teaching at UCLA.[2]

Etude #II, (1 player) (pub. 1968) [Grade 3]

Introduction and Waltz, (1 player) (pub.
[Grade 2]

He is also a member of the Philharmonic New Music

Group and has recorded a wide array of contemporary
works as a chamber musician. Mr. Peters holds the Performers Certicate and bachelors and masters degrees
from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied
with William Street. While at Eastman, he was a member of the original Marimba Masters. Upon graduation, he served as timpanist with the 7th U.S. Army Symphony Orchestra. As a widely published author and composer, Mr. Peters works and instructional materials are
highly regarded throughout the United States and abroad.
He currently owns and operates a music publishing company that handles percussion works exclusively. His faculty positions include the Music Academy of the West in
Santa Barbara, and UCLA, where he teaches percussion
and conducts the percussion ensemble.[3] In 2006 he was
awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sabian
Cymbal Company. He was also on the faculty of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara from 19902002.[4] Mitchell Peters is the cousin of American conductor, composer and jazz singer James Touchi-Peters.


Rondo, tom-tom solo (4 tom-toms) (1 player) (pub.

1968) [Grade 3]
Scherzo for Three Timpani (1 player) (pub. 1968)
[Grade 3]
Sonata-Allegro, marimba and piano (pub. 1968)
[Grade 3+]
Developing Dexterity for Snare Drum, educational
work (pub. 1968)
Drum Music to March By, educational work (pub.
A la samba, 6 percussionists (pub. 1969) [Grade 3+]
Piece for Percussion (4 players)(pub 1969)
Stick Control for the Drum Set, Volume 2: Basic
Sixteenth Patterns, educational work (pub. 1969)
Rondino, 4 timpani (1 player) (pub. 1970) [Grade
Chant, marimba (2 mallets) (pub. 1971) [Grade 3]
Passacaglia and Trio, multiple percussion solo (1
player) (pub. 1971) [Grade 3]


Perpetual Motion, snare drum and 4 tom-toms (1

player) (pub. 1971) [Grade 3]

Fundamental Method for Mallets, Book 2, educational work (pub. by Alfred, 1996)

Sea Refractions, marimba (4 mallets) (pub. 1971)

[Grade 3]

Fundamental Solos for Timpani: 15 intermediatelevel solos for the developing timpanist, educational
work (pub. by Alfred, 1997)

Theme and Variations, marimba (2-4 mallets) and

piano (pub. c. 1971) [Grade 4]
Tribal Serenade, 4 timpani (1 player) (pub. 1971)
[Grade 3]
Yellow After the Rain, marimba (4 mallets) (pub.
1971) [Grade 4+]
Advanced Snare Drum Studies, educational work
(pub. 1971)
Primal Mood, 4 timpani (1 player) (pub. 1972)
[Grade 3]
Rondo for Solo Trombone (pub. 1972)
Zen Wanderer, marimba (4 mallets) (pub. 1972)
[Grade 3]
Odd Meter Calisthenics for the Snare Drummer, educational work (pub. 1973)
The Storm (Silence is Golden), 4 timpani (1 player)
(pub. 1975) [Grade 4]
Teardrops, marimba (4 mallets) (pub. 1975) [Grade
Undercurrent, marimba (4 mallets) (pub. 1975)
[Grade 3]
Waves, marimba (4 mallets) (pub. 1975) [Grade 3]
Intermediate Snare Drum Studies (43 studies), educational work (pub. 1976)
Three Pieces for Three Mallets, marimba (3 mallets)
(pub. 1978) [Grade 3]
Intermediate Timpani Studies, educational work
(pub. 1981)
Hard Times: 20 advanced etudes for snare drum,
educational work (pub. 1984)
Elementary Snare Drum Studies, educational work
(pub. 1988)
Sabre Dance (Khachaturian, from Gayne ballet),
(arr. & pub. 198-?)
Rudimental Primer for the Snare Drummer, educational work (pub. 1990)
Fundamental Method for Timpani, educational
work (pub. by Alfred, 1993)
Fundamental Method for Mallets, educational work
(pub. by Alfred, 1995)

Dog Beach, marimba (4 mallets) (pub.

[Grade 3]


Galactica, marimba (2 mallet) (pub. 1999) [Grade

Pastiche, marimba (4 mallets) (pub. 1999) [Grade
Starscape, marimba (4 mallets) (pub. 1999) [Grade
Fundamental Solos for Mallets, educational work
Danse rituelle du feu (Ritual Fire Dance) (Manuel
de Falla (arr. & pub. 199-?)
Barcelona, marimba (4 mallets) (pub. 2000) [Grade
Etudes for Snare Drum, educational work (pub.
2003) [Advanced] [5]

2 References
[2] Mitchell Peters Bio,, Retrieved August 4, 2011
[3] Mitchell Peters. Alfred Music Publishing. Alfred Music, n.d. Web. 5 Oct. 2012. <
[4] Mitchell Peters (1935- ). Pytheas Center for Contemporary Music. Pytheasmusic, n.d. Web. 5 Oct. 2012.
[5] Mitchell Peters (1935- ). Pytheas Center for Contemporary Music. Pytheasmusic, n.d. Web. 5 Oct. 2012.

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