Timpani

In an orchestra’s percussion section it is customary that one of the members of the section be designated as the Principal Player. The Principal Percussionist is usually the most accomplished percussionist in the section and as such they are expected to play the most difficult and/or solo parts in any of the repertoire that the orchestra is playing.

The Principal Percussionist has the added responsibility of deciding which members of the section will play what instruments. For instance, let’s say that there are 4 percussionists and a timpanist in an orchestra and the orchestra is going to play the following piece of music on the next concert; The 1812 Overture by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Not counting the timpani the other percussion instruments needed are snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, tambourine, triangle and bells. The first thing the Principal Percussionist need to do is to make sure that they have all the instruments necessary to play the piece, then they have to look at the part and decide which player will play what part.

If the player just looks at the number of instruments they might think that because there are 6 different percussion instruments in the piece that they might need 6 players, but when the music is seen it is obvious that….read more @http://freepercussionlessons.com/

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