Photo: Valerie Everett (Flickr)
A potpourri of premium percussive pieces this week on a show we’re calling “Bang A Drum”!
Did you know…
- The “Drum Roll” symphony (named because of the fermata timpani drum roll that starts the work) by Franz Joseph Haydn was written while Haydn was living in London.
- The “Anvil Chorus” from Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi was originally called the “Gypsy Chorus,” and popularized the use of anvils in the percussion battery.
- Ionisation by Edgard Varèse is the first major work written for percussion ensemble, and features odd instruments like the siren, the whip, and the lion’s roar.
- In his ballet Daphnis et Chloe, Maurice Ravel utilizes the wind machine or “aeoliphone”—an odd percussion instrument made out of a barrel, a crank, and a piece of cloth—to represent the wild god Pan.
See the full playlist below:
And don’t forget to check out the “Bang A Drum” podcast from last week!