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    I played percussion - glockenspiel, bass drum, cymbals, triangle, and tympani and others, castanets, maraca. The best seat in the house. And when it's your turn to play, you literally shine.

    Endless rest stops though.

    Listen to this for a real tympanic showpiece :


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    This might be relevant.


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    Quote Originally Posted by purplerain View Post
    They just hit the drums A few times. Again no offsense intended
    Having been a member of an orchestral percussion section I can assure it involves more than that. No offense taken. The Shosty 5th is a great example of how a good composer writes effectively for percussion in a symphonic work. The last few minutes tell the story better than I ever could.

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    This recording cheats as the piece calls for 4 percussionists with a total of 16 drums, but you'll get the gist

    "Music in any generation is not what the public thinks of it but what the musicians make of it"....Virgil Thomson

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    I think that depends on what you're playing. If it is traditional marching style concert music, yeah it can get boring. More modern pieces can be a lot of fun because they'll use a lot of experimental percussive instruments - sometimes a bit too experimental though haha.

    My college wind symphony allows the percussion do to their own solo song apart from the larger ensemble to begin every concert. Those songs are always a lot of fun.

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    How can percussion become boring? It's amazing and always be

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    Playing percussion CAN be amazing, and it can be a lot of fun, complex, challenging and all that. Even in something like the Liszt piano concerto no. 1, the Dvorak New World, Brahms 4th where you don't get to play much. But what makes those frustrating are the rehearsals, especially with a conductor who goes in order and you have to wait around. That gets boring really fast.
    "It is surprising how easily one can become used to bad music" - F. Mendelssohn

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