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Mozart

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Timpani
« on: May 20, 2007, 08:09:15 PM »
How hard is it to play the timpani? I would love my life if my job was being a timpanist. Almost no one would know what the hell that was! Also what do musicians get paid on average?

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Re: Timpani
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2007, 09:03:49 PM »
How hard is it to play the timpani? I would love my life if my job was being a timpanist. Almost no one would know what the hell that was! Also what do musicians get paid on average?


I would imagine that you need years of training, for it is a far more difficult instrument than the violin, or the piano.

why don't you take an easier instrument, say, the cowbell?

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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2007, 10:37:47 PM »
Cowbells don't cool your friends the same way an instrument like this does. 




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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2007, 12:53:16 AM »
How hard is it to play the timpani? I would love my life if my job was being a timpanist. Almost no one would know what the hell that was! Also what do musicians get paid on average?

TAKE THE SCORES OF / ALL Mahler symphonies, Stravinsky's rite of spring, Varèse's Amériques and Arcana, all Beethoven, Brahms and Bruckner symphonies, most Haydn and Mozart symphonies, all orchestral works by Martinu, Honegger, roy Harris, William Schuman,Chostakovitch and Gubaidulina,add a few studies for timpani solo by Elliott Carter, a few percussion concertos , study the difference between baroque timpani, classical and contemporary timpani .....You may need a teacher.
I wish you good luck!!

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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2007, 04:43:50 AM »
Cowbells don't cool your friends the same way an instrument like this does. 





A plumming flute?

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Re: Timpani
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2007, 05:53:53 AM »
TAKE THE SCORES OF / ALL Mahler symphonies, Stravinsky's rite of spring, Varèse's Amériques and Arcana, all Beethoven, Brahms and Bruckner symphonies, most Haydn and Mozart symphonies, all orchestral works by Martinu, Honegger, roy Harris, William Schuman,Chostakovitch and Gubaidulina,add a few studies for timpani solo by Elliott Carter, a few percussion concertos , study the difference between baroque timpani, classical and contemporary timpani .....You may need a teacher.
I wish you good luck!!

but he just wants to play Mozart, so it won't work for him.

now getting him to study the Rite of Spring score, i don't know how that would ever happen....

mahlertitan

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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2007, 08:30:36 AM »
but he just wants to play Mozart, so it won't work for him.

now getting him to study the Rite of Spring score, i don't know how that would ever happen....
even if it was only for mozart, Timpani is still extremely difficult to play, I'd rather take a string instrument, it's only takes a musical genius to be able to play the timpani well.

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Re: Timpani
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2007, 10:53:34 AM »
How hard is it to play the timpani? I would love my life if my job was being a timpanist. Almost no one would know what the hell that was! Also what do musicians get paid on average?

I'd, of course, begin with locating a decent instructor. That's probably going to be difficult, given the Timpani's status as a specialist's instrument. Much great music for this instrument was composed in the late Romantic and what we now refer to as the contemporary period. I'd say a proclivity for the music of these composers is a must.

Now, time for a Stranvinky adventure...  :)

Mozart

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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2007, 11:35:49 AM »
Hehehe I really wouldnt play the timpani, the violin is my instrument. Im going to begin lessons on it in the fall. But really I think the timpani should be one of the easier instruments no? Whats difficult about it?

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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2007, 01:28:19 PM »
Hehehe I really wouldnt play the timpani, the violin is my instrument. Im going to begin lessons on it in the fall. But really I think the timpani should be one of the easier instruments no? Whats difficult about it?

It's like golf, easy to play, very difficult to master.

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« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2007, 02:02:14 PM »
A great timp player is awesome to watch.
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Re: Timpani
« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2007, 02:57:26 PM »

why don't you take an easier instrument, say, the cowbell?

Yes, that can get you far. Just think how famous Blue Öyster Cult is. ;)
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Re: Timpani
« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2007, 08:18:43 PM »
As limited training as I have had with the timpani in high school in college as a jazz percussion major for a time, it is a very fun instrument to play and yes very difficult to master. If you have good aural skills in pitch intervals and finding members of chords, the timpani become easier. I wouldn't say it is harder than a violin, piano, etc. but it takes other necessary skills to execute properly. Much like any other instrument, it also depends on the quality of the instrument, its heads, and the mallets, etc. It was my favorite classical instrument to play. I found the marimba far more complicated to master, as there is much more room for error. All fun times.

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« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2007, 04:45:02 AM »
Hehehe I really wouldnt play the timpani, the violin is my instrument. Im going to begin lessons on it in the fall. But really I think the timpani should be one of the easier instruments no? Whats difficult about it?
you'll still have to play something other than Mozart.
HAH!

karlhenning

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« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2007, 04:48:49 AM »
Hehehe I really wouldnt play the timpani, the violin is my instrument.

No, that's true; striking the timpani heads with a violin yields results which are not considered uniformly successful!  ;D

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« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2007, 05:05:56 AM »
Hehehe I really wouldn't play the timpani, the violin is my instrument. Im going to begin lessons on it in the fall. But really I think the timpani should be one of the easier instruments no? What's difficult about it?

Carpal tunnel! 

Depending on the work, you might need Ritalin to pay attention to where the orchestra is for 20 minutes before you play something.

Timpanists don't pass the hat down in the subways!   :-[
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Re: Timpani
« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2007, 08:24:45 AM »
you'll still have to play something other than Mozart.
HAH!


Luckily, Im quite fond of beethoven's violin sonatas. So  :P :P :P :P If I become good I can make my own string quartet and play nothing but Mozart  ;D ;D Ahhh

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Re: Timpani
« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2007, 08:27:57 AM »
k.498    1786    Vienna     Trio for Piano, Clarinet & Viola       E Flat Major

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Re: Timpani
« Reply #18 on: May 22, 2007, 08:36:16 AM »
You're thinking, arrange it for timpani, clarinet & viola?

Perhaps you're right at that  8)

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Re: Timpani
« Reply #19 on: May 22, 2007, 11:03:02 AM »
No, that's true; striking the timpani heads with a violin yields results which are not considered uniformly successful!  ;D

Ah, but using a viola would be extremely satisfying, at least therapeutically.
 
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