The Concert-Goer; A Handbook of the Orchestra and Orchestral Music

The Concert-Goer; A Handbook of the Orchestra and Orchestral Music

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: an improvement on the Serpent, itself left much to be desired. The Tuba, however, is a valuable member of the extreme orchestral bass, for its broad, smooth tone blends well with other instruments, possesses accurate intonation, and ranges from pianissimo to fortissimo with uniform good efi'ect. Its compass extends from The Tuba will be easily recognised as the enormous Brass instrument associated in the Orchestra with the Trombones, and the Overture to-Tannhduser, being a familiar composition, will be a convenient means of the amateur studying its efl'ect. CHAPTER VI INSTRUMENTS OF PERCUSSION, ETC. THE instruments of percussion used in the Concert Orchestra comprise Kettle-Drums, Bass Drum, Side Drum, Cymbals, Triangle, Castanets, and the Glockenspiel. Most of these are more or less theatrical in their origin, and are heard at concerts almost entirely in connection with Opera Overtures, Ballet Suites, avowedly written in imitation of theatrical music, and excerpts from Operas. The faint tinkle of the Glockenspiel, for instance, is seldom, if ever, heard at a concert, unless in Wagner's music. Of all instruments of percussion the Kettle-Drums (Ital. Timpani, Fr. Timbales, Ger. Pauken) are the oldest and most important, so far as concert music is concerned. Formed of sheets of vellum stretched upon the mouths of metal caldrons or kettles, whence their name, the Kettle-Drums are musical instruments, just as Horns and Trumpets are. By a system of screws the tension of the vellum can be increased or relaxed, and the natural pitch of the Drums thereby proportionately raised or lowered, and a definite note secured. In the olden times the Kettle-Drums had a twofold mission. Combined with the Trumpets, they leant force and emphasis to...
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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123698840X
  • 9781236988409