The Timpani

About this playlist

The timpani play a crucial role in the orchestra and have been part of it more or less since the beginning. They started life essentially as a bass instrument and a metronome rolled into one, and would usually only play 2 notes – the tonic and dominant of the key. These days with modern pedal-tuned instruments it is possible to play melodies on the timps – not that they get the chance very often mind you.

Curated by

Guy Jones

Head of Curation

About this playlist

The timpani play a crucial role in the orchestra and have been part of it more or less since the beginning. They started life essentially as a bass instrument and a metronome rolled into one, and would usually only play 2 notes – the tonic and dominant of the key. These days with modern pedal-tuned instruments it is possible to play melodies on the timps – not that they get the chance very often mind you.

Curated by

Guy Jones

Head of Curation

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