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Bang A Drum

We're marching to the beat of a different drum this week on the show!


Photo: Valerie Everett (Flickr)

We're practicing our paradiddles and our flam taps for this week's show!

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!

Music Heard On This Episode


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