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timpani:

see kettledrumkettledrum,
in music, percussion instrument consisting of a hemispherical metal vessel over which a membrane is stretched, played with soft-headed wooden drumsticks. Of ancient origin, it appeared early in Europe, probably imported from the Middle East by crusaders in the 12th
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But, as I say, the tympanist does have his way with things, banging away full throttle and creating quite a sensation.
Reiner berated Bartok for jeopardizing the performance by engaging in his 'wanderings'; Bartok said nothing in reply.(11) It was only when returning home in a taxi with his wife, accompanied by Fassett, that Bartok reportedly explained: '"The tympanist," he said, "the tympanist is the one who started everything.
Toward the end, in a sequence that silenced the hall, she and tympanist Roberto Bologna coordinated bullet assaults on conga drum and kettle drum by watching each other across the stilled orchestra.