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Percussion Ensembles. A versatile family…. Where did it come from?. Percussion instruments have been around as long as humanity. Today’s percussion section includes too many instruments to list.

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Percussion ensembles

Percussion Ensembles

A versatile family…


Where did it come from
Where did it come from?

  • Percussion instruments have been around as long as humanity.

  • Today’s percussion section includes too many instruments to list.

  • Turkish military instruments were used in the 1700s-1800s. These included snare drums, triangles, cymbals, and small gongs. Castanets and tambourines came from the Mediterranean.


Where did it come from1
Where did it come from?

  • Timpani became popular in King Henry VIII’s time.

  • By the mid-late 1800s, the triangle, snare drum, bass drum, and cymbals became standard instruments in the orchestra.

  • Composers interested in music of different cultures would add many new instruments to the family.

  • The glockenspiel and xylophone appeared in the late 1800s.


Who plays what
Who plays what?

  • The timpanist is considered a separate member of the section and usually only plays the timpani.

  • Other parts are assigned by the section leader – mallets, drums, cymbals, and special effects.

  • Sometimes a player has to play multiple instruments. They may even have to play more than one at once!


Drums
Drums!

Timpani – either a group of 4 or 5

Snare Drum

Bass Drum

Floor Tom


Mallets
Mallets!

Marimba

Xlyophone

Glockenspiel

Vibraphone



See it in action
See it in ACTION!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOoUS6p6_sQ&feature=related (Blast Marimba Spirit)

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_38tubF13Y (Drum Quartet UNT – Paul Rennick)

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kBNz3NCrDo&feature=related (:25 mainly mallet)

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu_-htNFTb0&feature=related (West African)

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knhpIVx7yyM&feature=related(Steel Pan)


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