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Drums in the same shape as timpani date back to at least the 7th century BC, although the modern instrument is descended from Turkish instruments played by soldiers on horseback around the 13th century.
Timpani are the most common percussion instruments in the orchestra, with most large-scale orchestral pieces since the 19th century using them.
Timpani come in a variety of sizes from around 80 cm (32 in) in diameter down to piccolo timpani of 30 cm (12 in) or less.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/ke/Kettle_drum.html   (543 words)

 Color a Timpani   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The timpani, also known as kettledrums, are constructed of a large copper bowl with a drumhead made of animal skin stretched across the top.
Timpani were the first drums to be used in the orchestra, joining the ensemble over 300 years ago.
Timpani are a tuned instrument and produce a specific pitch that is determined by the drum's size.
www.dsokids.com /art/colorbook/timpani.html   (101 words)

 Timpani - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Timpani evolved from military drums to become a staple of the classical orchestra in the 17th century.
Early 20th century German travel timpani are tuned with a handle, or less commonly a pedal, that connects to the base, which raises and lowers the bowl, adjusting the tension against the stationary head.
This was the beginning of the end for marching timpani: Eventually, standard concert timpani found their way onto the football field as part of the front ensemble, and marching timpani fell out of common usage.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Timpani   (4547 words)

 IHO Order revoking Timpani's membership for shakedowns of contractors   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Timpani admits he extorted Crosby and the conviction for extortion is not disputed in the present case.
Timpani told Crosby he could not end the relationship and threatened:  “[Y]ou’ll take what we give you or else.”  Crosby understood this to mean that he would be harmed if he ended the relationship and he feared for the safety of himself and his family.
Timpani is notified that he has a right to appeal this Order to the LIUNA Appellate Officer by filing a Notice of Appeal with the Appellate Officer within 10 days of the date of this Order.
www.thelaborers.net /decisions/d97-43.htm   (2108 words)

 Vienna Symphonic Library
The volume and pitch of the timpani are far more heavily influenced by the prevailing atmospheric conditions (temperature and humidity) than other instruments.
It is for this reason that the performance of the timpani part in the orchestra is generally only entrusted to trained timpanists.
The timpani are therefore always played by a timpanist; “normal” percussionists are very rarely permitted to indulge.
www.vsl.co.at /en-us/70/3196/3198/5673.vsl   (211 words)

 Timpani FAQ - General Interest Pages
Suffice it to say that when the timpanist pushes the pedal down, it stretches the timpani head and drives up the pitch in the same way that stretching a rubberband while plucking it also produces a pitch that is consistently higher.
This is a very complex skill to master on timpani, and it takes years of practice to develop one's ears so you can really hear the minute pitch discrepancies in a localized part of the drum, especially in the context of the resonance of the entire head.
If, on the other hand, you've heard a concert in which you were struck by the beauty of the timpani sound, then I guarantee you -- he or she was playing in tune.
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 Program Notes
In Western orchestral timpani, the body is usually made of copper and the tension of the drumhead (or “drumskin”) is regulated by bolts or screws that can be regulated to change the pitch.
Timpani builders have provided various mechanisms to assist in the fine points of how a kettledrum’s pitch is altered precisely and efficiently.
All of this is critical to the timpani’s viability in a solo concerto.
www.sfsymphony.org /templates/pgmnote.asp?nodeid=3516&callid=117   (2636 words)

 Percussion - Timpani
The timpani originated from the different forms of the kettledrums.
As late as the 17th century, timpani were associated with royalty in Europe.
The timpani instrument was a kettledrum placed on a stand often made of wood.
www.mathcs.duq.edu /~iben/timpani.htm   (266 words)

The early timpani was used in Eastern military music and was brought to Europe in the 15th century.
Also know as the kettledrums, timpani are made of hemispherical copper (or fiberglass) shells, each fitted with a head of plastic or calfskin which is held in place by a metal ring.
The timpani sound is created by striking the membrane, or head, with mallets causing the head to vibrate.
www.music.vt.edu /musicdictionary/textt/Timpani.html   (307 words)

 BBC - h2g2 - Timpani
Timpani are hit with two sticks or mallets; these come in different sizes and hardness.
For example, in some particularly modern pieces timpani are hit with hands, played with cymbals and other objects on top, and have the tuning pedal moved up and down quickly to make a glissando with a 'boing' sort of noise.
The timpani have a 'battle' with the piano.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/hub/A2586125   (805 words)

 Kastuck Percussion Studio, Inc. - Timpani Solos
The 'Suite for Timpani' was conceived as a recital/jury work to showcase a performer's ability to play in different styles while challenging their capacity for musicality and technical prowess.
The first movement demands sensitivity to tempo and dynamic changes; the second movement is reminiscent of an English dance or sea chanty that moves in and out of simple and compound meters; movement three, a ballad, is almost entirely written in rolled double stops; a sense of phrase and rubato is essential to its success.
"This timpani solo for two drums offers the high school timpanist technical challenges (e.g., the execution of sixteenth-note patterns while moving rapidly between kettles) and musical challenges, such as the performance of quarter-note triplets, frequent dynamic changes, and the necessity to tune one drum up and down a step while playing.
www.kastuck.com /timpanisolo.html   (1556 words)

 Dummies::Discovering the Timpani Drum in Classical Music
Many timpani rolls are accompanied by a gradual increase in volume.
The climax of this increase is generally signaled by a momentous crash from the rest of the orchestra.
The word timpani is Italian, and it's plural, because you never see fewer than two in one place (except in Figure 1).
www.dummies.com /WileyCDA/DummiesArticle/id-1128.html   (469 words)

 Timpani - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Timpani, percussion instrument, a type of drum having a single skin head stretched over a hemispherical frame of metal.
Pitched percussion instruments include the timpani (kettledrums), the most important percussion instruments in the orchestra.
The development and standardization of the modern orchestra took place between about 1600 and about 1750.
uk.encarta.msn.com /Timpani.html   (109 words)

 Instrument Care: Balancing Timpani Heads
It is imperative that each timpani be properly "balanced." This means that each tension rod (the six or eight lugs peeking up around the timpani head) must produce the same amount of tension on the head.
A timpani that has not been balanced or "cleared" cannot produce a clear, well-defined pitch and is very difficult to tune.
Keys with longer "wings" are made for timpani tuning to aid in fine adjustments.
www.stusmusic.com /icclrtim.html   (675 words)

 Timpani, Percussion Instrument
Timpani, also called kettledrums, were the first drums to be used in the orchestra over 300 years ago.
They are constructed of a large copper bowl with a drumhead made of calfskin or plastic stretched across the top.
When struck with felt-tipped wooden sticks, or mallets, timpani produce a specific pitch that is determined by the drum's size.
www.dsokids.com /2001/dso.asp?PageID=173   (244 words)

 Timpani Trouble   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
And on the tuning pedals on most timpanis i think the have like a little bar that if you were to like put your foot on the peddle and twist your foot to the left the right side of your heel should push the bar so that you can adjust your pedal.
And when your done tuning it you should be able to twist you foot the other direction and it should lock the position of where you tuned tou timpani on the tuning pedal.
We have 3 timpanies with broken pedals at my school and this has worked okay so far.
www.8notes.com /f/37_138549.asp   (405 words)

Timpani are very important in the orchestra because they "underline" important chords.
Timpani that have these rapid tuning mechanisms are called "machine drums"
Tom can only play one note at a time on each of his timpani, so if he were in an orchestra, he would have two or three timpani around him.
www.playmusic.org /percussion/timpani.html   (356 words)

 The Timpani
The round head of a timpani can vibrate in a large number of vibrational modes.
When the head is struck a few inches from the rim, the timpani's fundamental mode is not excited.
The timpani sound involves the vibrational modes of a circular membrane, but the technique of playing specifically excites the preferred modes of the membrane.
hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu /hbase/music/timpani.html   (362 words)

 Vic Firth Timpani Mallets
This versatile line of timpani mallets is tonal in character and designed to create different colors and qualities of articulation.
Corpsmaster® timpani mallets are specifically designed to withstand the rigors of outdoor performance applications.
These timpani mallets produce a sound unique to the Baroque and classical repertoire.
www.vicfirth.com /products/timpani.html   (303 words)

 Majestic Harmonic Series Timpani Set Of 2 Concert Drums - Music 123   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
As the oldest manufacturer in the Netherlands, Majestic has maintained the classic design and quality of the great German timpani makers of the early twentieth century while benefiting from the latest in computer driven engineering and production.
The result is the availability of superior quality timpani that are the preferred instruments of symphonies throughout Europe.
Majestic invites you to explore the entire line of timpani and discover the features and superior quality each model has to offer.
music123.com /Majestic-Harmonic-Series-Timpani-Set-Of-2-i158920.music   (297 words)

 Kendor Music - Timpani Solos
Big Kettles is a grade 2 timpani solo that provides the beginning timpanist with a piece that gives them the feeling of playing a real solo, while at the same time does not over extend the capabilities of the young student.
This piece for timpani is a heroic statement that is ideal for recitals, contests, or juries.
Important aspects of timpani playing such as pitch changes, rolls, staccato and legato strokes, and muffling are incorporated in the solos.
www.kendormusic.com /publications/solo_timpani.htm   (1150 words)

Evans synthetic timpani heads produce clean pitches that travel past the first few rows of the concert hall.
We eliminated the age-old problem of collar deviation - that is, lifting to one side that results in disproportionate tuning.
Evans timpani heads are evenly pre-tensioned for exemplary performance every time.
www.evansdrumheads.com /EVAProductsDS.aspx?ID=41   (77 words)

Timpani is a powerful, extensible, shareware cross-platform Excel spreadsheet tool for creating character sheets for D&D 3.5e.
You'll want to download the older Timpani for 3e instead, as a ZIPped 3e or Stuffed 3e file.
Timpani has been tested on both PCs and Macs, but it'd be tricky to use it on an abacus.
www.dndtools.com /timpani/index.html   (622 words)

Former timpanist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Indiana University Professor of Music, Gerald Carlyss has provided a comprehensive performance analysis for the timpani parts of the Brahms and Tchaikowsky symphonies.
A Collection of recognizable melodies expertly arranged for timpani to develop pedaling facility on one, two, three and four drums.
Cirone’s knowledge of timpani combined with his compositional expertise make this a "must play" work for the serious-performer’s repertoire.
www.meredithmusic.com /perc9.html   (394 words)

 Ludwig Professional Series Polished Timpani Concert Drums - Music 123
From leading university and symphony orchestras to talented and accomplished timpanists, Ludwig’s Professional Symphonic Series have provided players with the kind of performance their reputations rely on.its performing more contemporary works or a traditional repertoire, the Professional Series offers a sixth in range for maximum playability.
This includes the ease of fine tuning the balance of your timpani simply by turning the tension knob conveniently located just beneath the kettle for quick, minor adjustments that wont interrupt your performance.
From leading university and symphony orchestras to talented and accomplished timpanists, Ludwig's Professional Series have provided players with the kind of performance their reputations rely on>Whether copper or fiberglass is preferred, the Ludwig tradition of Old World integrity and superior quality regulates every step of the process.
www.music123.com /Ludwig-Professional-Series-Polished-Timpani-i24977.music   (274 words)

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