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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.
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.
One saving grace was the incredibly authoritative and beguilingly flashy work of tympanist Pedro Fernandez.