The Development Of Percussion Throughout Centuries Essay

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The development of percussion throughout centuries has been a long evolution of varied instruments that have greatly affected the way people hear and understand music. Since time began, humans have used percussion instruments to accompany their music, dances, and rituals. In the West, percussion in the orchestra gradually evolved and grew over time into a powerful section of the group, with an imposing range of tools and roles at its disposal (Gagné). In recent times, non-Western percussion has further expanded that variety and served as an inspiration for many composers. In particular, Timpani have long been used in concert settings but have evolved over the years in the way in which they have been played and the applications in compositions. This essay will give an understanding of not only the history of the instrument but how the instrument has evolved from use as accompaniment and rhythmic support to its expanded role today as a tool for soloistic expression and as well as concertos with accompaniment by orchestras.
The timpani, also known as the kettledrum, is generally referred to as the grandfather of percussive instruments in Western music. It is thought to have arrived in Europe in the 12th or 13th century via the Middle East with crusaders. In early times, as a drum of war, it was often used to add bass and impact to the brilliant treble of the trumpets. In a later age, it occupied an exclusive place in the music of royal processions and courts, in the religious…

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