from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. A set of kettledrums.
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- n. The set of precision kettledrums in an orchestra.
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- n. a large hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting the tension on it
(TIM-puh-nee) Italian for kettledrums; the term timpani is often preferred by composers and performers.
"It is absolutely hair-raising how Brahms shakes his fist at the heavens and this Olympian, this imperious music would rise over this timpani which is thundering in the background," says Fleisher.
I also got to play the timpani, which is these giant round drums. "
Any one of these homes would make for a striking neighborhood landmark, but together they just make noise, like an orchestra of timpani.
Each timpani staccato rings out with the precision and terror of a pistol shot.
Carlo Boccadoro's Ritratto di musico conjured the perpetual motion of the fifth, with lubricious brass slides and busy timpani work.
The theme begins in the tenor tubas with the measured gait of one surveying the scene, but is soon jostled by more impatient motifs in the trumpets and timpani.
With the agitated heartbeat suggested by the timpani, it is impossible to resist the exhilaration with which the music launches into one victory lap after another.
Her throat was too dry, and her heart pounded like a timpani.
Haydn's glorious if taxing "Mass in the Time of War" reflects conflict of another kind, its orchestra sound punctuated by the military aura of trumpet and timpani.
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