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  • n. Plural form of kettledrum.


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  • He did a big job there, but Brian works with me every day, so we set up his studio with timpani and kettledrums and a ton of ethnic percussion.

    Mike Ragogna: From Conan The Barbarian to 300, Watchmen, Rob Zombie and Beyond: Chatting With Film Composer Tyler Bates

  • When she got to the middle section, a rolling build toward “Bridge Over Troubled Water” majesty, I cold imagine kettledrums, choral swells, and flying aces in dogfights with dinosaurs.


  • I held on to a tree trunk and opened and closed my mouth, trying to clear my hearing of the kettledrums beating in my head.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • The was a huge thumping noise, as of a building filled with kettledrums collapsing, and Adelbern, the ghostly king of Ascalon, the Sorcerer-King who had struck fear in the hearts of the charr, turned, his face contorted in shock and awe.

    Guild Wars: Ghosts of Ascalon

  • Note 53: Tzehuey Chiou-Peng 2003, 8: "Archeological data indicate that the trajectory marked by the ancient kettledrums corresponds to routes that had been well blazed by the end of the second millennium BCE as a result of activities related to metal trade dealing with both raw materials and finished products." back

    Between Winds and Clouds: The Making of Yunnan (Second Century BCE to Twentieth Century CE)

  • He extended his index fingers and began cueing invisible stringed instruments and horn sections and kettledrums.

    Serial Sabotage

  • I was slooshying more like malenky romantic songs, what they call Lieder, just a goloss and a piano, very quiet and like yearny, different from when it had been all bolshy orchestras and me lying on the bed between the violins and the trombones and kettledrums.

    Where's the show?

  • So I stuck my little fingers real deep in my ookos, but the trombones and kettledrums blasted through gromky enough.

    Where's the show?

  • After Clawson was gone, Nick sat numbly in his swivel chair, his ears booming like kettledrums.

    Rain Gods

  • In 1738 Handel wrote Saul, a remarkably dramatic piece with a massive orchestra including huge kettledrums borrowed from the Tower of London.

    Archive 2009-04-01


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