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Pitched percussion instruments, usually arranged in a set of four, played by one musician. Also known as kettledrums, common in symphony orchestras.

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Timpani notes for Bruckner's 7th Symphony

For Bruckner's 7th Symphony, the Timpani notes appear as: 1st movement (E-major) : E. tacet. 2nd movement (c#-minor) : C. G. 3rd movement (a-minor) : A. E. 4th movement (E-major) : E. C. The thing ...
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Can a timpani player play more than one note at a time?

Is it possible for a timpani player to play multiple notes at the same time such as a guitar or piano player would do?
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Timpani Tuning Question

The timpani tonic-dominant tunings appear like this in standard: In C: C3-G2 (downwards) In C#: C#3-G#2 (downwards) In D: D3-A2 (downwards) In Eb: Eb3-Bb2 (downwards) In E: E3-B2 (downwards) In F: F2-...
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(0,1), (0,2) and (0,3) modes of vibration for a timpani

For a timpani, when hitting it in the center, how do you produce these three modes of vibration? Second mode has a higher frequency than the first, does that imply do you hit the timpani harder? ...
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Timpani Choke Notation

I'm writing a timpani part for a concert band score. I've seen timpanist "choke" the note with their hand (on the head) after striking it to stop it from sustaining. How can I notate this?
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Scoring for timpani

I have a mini-score of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony (Edition Eulenburg). In the first movement, the timpani line specifies Eb and Bb which is not surprising since the piece is in Eb. The surprising ...
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How to stylistically prepare symphonic pieces for auditions

I was wondering what the general thought is behind preparing symphonic pieces for an audition for band at a University. The pieces have already been chosen, so what I am considering is whether to ...
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Should fast timpani notes be treated as a roll?

I know this could vary from piece to piece, but if there are no specific articulation markings or mallet suggestions, would it be safe to simply play extended measures of quick timpani notes as a roll?...
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Do timpani have access to all notes in their playing range?

I understand that timpani normally have a tuning mechanism, usually involving a pedal that controls the tension on the drum surface, which allows the timpanist to play a range of melodies. However, it ...
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How should I dampen timpani?

I've been working on my timpani playing, and the music has it written in that I should dampen certain notes at various parts of the song. But having I'm having trouble figure out the best technique ...
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Why are double strokes (with the same hand) taboo on timpani but recommened on snare?

I've played snare for a few years now and all my teachers recommended that I use double strokes for evenness of sound and speed. When I started playing some more difficult timpani parts however and ...