Timpani

December 06, 2016
    • Timpani, or kettledrums, are tuned drums played with mallets.
    • Timpani were originally made of copper with calfskin heads.  Modern timpani can also be made of fiberglass with synthetic heads.
    • Today there are 4 drums in a set of timpani but originally they were played in sets of 2.
    • Timpani first appeared in the orchestra in the 17th century.
    • Timpani have to be tuned by the performer by increasing or decreasing tension on the drum head.  Modern drums have a foot pedal to facilitate quick tuning.
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