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Music in the making. Produced by Milliken university under a grant from the Educational Television and Radio Center in cooperation with the National Association of educational broadcasters the Milliken School of Music presents Professor Elton Berg stellar and recorded consideration of the percussion of the band an orchestra. But first a few measures of what might be called music.
You know that wasn't a boiler factory or something from another world. It was a percussion family of the band an orchestra. The percussion family may roughly be divided into two groups. The tunable percussion and the tunable percussion. The word percussion means to strike. And among the non-Jew enables those members who aren't tuned to any definite pitch. We have the concert snare drum. The field or a parade drum which is larger and coarser than the concert snare drum. The bass drum. Tom Tom.
The match symbols which are spun from brass and a new year old and a highly secret process. The best symbols come from Turkey. The large symbol on a stand which must be struck with the soft mallet. Or it may be struck with a hard mallet or drum sticks. And for Spanish rhythms the cast of nets are used to.
The tambourine is used for Spanish or Gypsy moods. It's. For South American rhythms. There are other clays or club days. And the Morocco's which are dried gourds filled with shot. It's the tunable percussion are tuned to a specific pitch either so manufactured or tuned by the musician through a mechanical process. The musician not only must use the same percussive process as a non tunable percussionist. But must also know where on his estimate to strike a proper pitch.
Among the tunable percussion we have the timpani. The chimes are made of tubular steel and struck with a raw hide mallet. The marimba has a semi keyboard arrangement. And is struck with yarn covered or soft rubber mallets. It's resonating chamber or tube under each tuned wooden block. Is tuned to a specific pitch.
A glockenspiel or bells are made of aluminum alloy and are struck with a hard rubber or plastic mallet. Listen to the band play a portion of a march without the percussion.
Let's add the percussion.
And. Then. In. Newton. Another member of the percussion family is a Celeste. This is an instrument that from all outward appearances looks like a small piano. It has a short keyboard and a sustaining paddle as does the piano. But in place of strings it has two metal bars. The keyboard enables a musician to play an entire handful of notes at one time. The bass drum and snare drums are used in marching bands not only as part of the playing group of the band proper but as a case for the marching when the band isn't playing.
Military bands marched to this kid's. High school and college bands used the same basic beat with variations. Sometimes the symbols are used to liven up the cadence with the syncopated rhythm.
In drum and bugle corps. The drum sticks or the metal or wooden rim of the snare drum is used for novel rhythmic effects. When the band is marching a definite signal must be given the players in the band for them to begin play. This techno is given by the drum in what is known as the rule or the sound of. The snare drum has to calfskin heads the head upon which it is struck is a thick milky colored head. This is called the batter head. The bottom head of the drum is thinner and transparent and has stretched across it
Metal God or metallic strings which vibrate giving a rattling sound as a drum is struck. This is a snare head when a band participates in a funeral procession. The snares are loosened for a muffled drums. Drums sometimes play as a solo ensemble. Listen to the bass drum and cymbals in a typical drum ensemble.
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Music in the making
Percussion section of orchestra
Producing Organization
Millikin University
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University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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Episode Description
This program examines the various percussion instruments, like the tympani and the glockenspiel, that are used in orchestras.
Other Description
Instructional comments and musical illustrations using faculty and students from the Millikin University School of Music. The first thirteen programs in the series focus upon historical aspects of music. The second half of the series explores music's technical side.
Broadcast Date
Percussion with band
Media type
Producing Organization: Millikin University
Speaker: Burgstahler, Elton
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University of Maryland
Identifier: 56-8-26 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:14:19
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