History Main / DramaticTimpani

1st Jul '17 9:38:16 AM Prfnoff
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* In Benjamin Britten's "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra," the timpani get to lead the percussion section in their variation on Henry Purcell's theme after each of the wind, string and brass instruments have had their turn.
* The faster, even-numbered movements of Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta have some fairly dramatic bits for timpani, particularly the recapitulation in the second movement.

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* In Benjamin Britten's Music/BenjaminBritten's "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra," the timpani get to lead the percussion section in their variation on Henry Purcell's theme after each of the wind, string and brass instruments have had their turn.
* The faster, even-numbered movements of Bartok's Music/BelaBartok's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta have some fairly dramatic bits for timpani, particularly the recapitulation in the second movement.movement.
* "Uranus" from ''The Planets'' by Gustav Holst has a principal motif consisting of four well-spaced notes (G, D♯, high A, low B). Naturally, one of the timpanists has four drums tuned to those pitches, and often plays them loudly in rapid succession.
4th Jun '17 4:31:17 PM Prfnoff
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* Havergal Brian's "Gothic" Symphony begins with a short crescendo leading to a loud outburst from two timpanists. The timpani motif recurs at various points, but most impressively near the end of the symphony, "Non confundar in aeternum," which involves ''six'' timpanists.

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* Havergal Brian's "Gothic" Symphony begins with a short crescendo leading to a loud outburst from two timpanists. The timpani motif recurs at various points, but most impressively near the end particularly in "Judex crederis esse venturus," where each of the symphony, four additional brass bands comes online accompanied by its own half-chorus and its own dramatic timpanist, and in "Non confundar in aeternum," which involves ''six'' whose two massive crescendos are launched by the six timpanists.
15th May '17 9:55:53 AM igordebraga
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* Parodied in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'': The dramatic timpani are played by an ''actual'' timpanist in the spaceship itself. And in case you thought that was a one-off gag, the timpanist [[BrickJoke is one of the evacuees]] when the SelfDestructMechanism is activated.

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* Parodied in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'': ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' as Spaceball 1 is transformed into (BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM)...'''Mega Maid'''.: The dramatic timpani are played by an ''actual'' timpanist in the spaceship itself. And in case you thought that was a one-off gag, the timpanist [[BrickJoke is one of the evacuees]] when the SelfDestructMechanism is activated.
24th Apr '17 6:48:34 AM Briguy52748
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* ''Radio/AmericanTop40'': Used before Casey Kasem announced the No. 1 song of the week.

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* ''Radio/AmericanTop40'': Used before Casey Kasem announced the No. 1 song of the week. A longer one was often used on the year-end countdowns or if the week's No. 1 song hit a milestone.
23rd Apr '17 12:42:52 PM Prfnoff
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* The faster, even-numbered movements of Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta have some fairly dramatic bits for timpani, particularly the recapitulation in the second movement.
23rd Apr '17 12:37:01 PM Prfnoff
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There's something about those deep-sounding drums tuned to play specific notes that evokes a visceral reaction out of anyone who hears it. Expect any bit of music with timpani in it to be played for maximum drama value. For extra awesome, add an ever louder roll.

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There's something about those deep-sounding drums tuned to play specific notes (traditionally two notes a perfect fourth apart) that evokes a visceral reaction out of anyone who hears it. Expect any bit of music with timpani in it to be played for maximum drama value. For extra awesome, add an ever louder roll.
23rd Apr '17 12:30:33 PM Prfnoff
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* The fourth movement of Dmitri Shotakovich's Symphony #5 in D Minor starts and finishes with timpani solos.

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* The fourth movement of Dmitri Shotakovich's Music/DmitriShostakovich's Symphony #5 in D Minor starts and finishes with timpani solos.
6th Nov '16 6:43:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' features one during the trench run, as the technicians aboard the Death Star prepare to fire the [[EarthShatteringKaboom Super]][[FrickinLaserBeams laser]] the second time.

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* ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' ''Film/ANewHope'' features one during the trench run, as the technicians aboard the Death Star prepare to fire the [[EarthShatteringKaboom Super]][[FrickinLaserBeams laser]] the second time.
6th Nov '16 6:43:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* Parodied in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'': The dramatic timpani are played by an ''actual'' timpanist in the spaceship itself. And in case you thought that was a one-off gag, the timpanist [[BrickJoke is one of the evacuees]] when the SelfDestructMechanism is activated.
* In ''Film/OnTheWaterfront'', the soundtrack by Music/LeonardBernstein has the quiet title music followed by a pounding fugato for three drummers (though the third is actually on tuned drums rather than timpani).

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* Parodied in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'': The dramatic timpani are played by an ''actual'' timpanist in the spaceship itself. And in case you thought that was a one-off gag, the timpanist [[BrickJoke is one of the evacuees]] when the SelfDestructMechanism is activated.
* In ''Film/OnTheWaterfront'', the soundtrack by Music/LeonardBernstein has the quiet title music followed by a pounding fugato for three drummers (though the third is actually on tuned drums rather than timpani).
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* ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' features one during the trench run, as the technicians aboard the Death Star prepare to fire the [[EarthShatteringKaboom Super]][[FrickinLaserBeams laser]] the second time.
* In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', when Taggart is going back home for the first time and still doesn't realize it's all real, as the bay doors of the ''Protector 2'' open and he sees the space vista, dramatic timpani music plays.
* The first half of the opening credits of ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' (the half which has FunWithSubtitles) is accompanied by a piece of stock music called "Ice Floe No.9", dominated by pounding timpani and enigmatic xylophone which combines with the white text on black background to create an atmosphere [[SoundtrackDissonance deliberately at odds]] with the comedy subtitles and the typical Creator/MontyPython absurdism that follows.
* Parodied in ''Film/WaitingForGuffman'': the overture from [[ShowWithinAShow "Red White And Blaine"]] features a dramatic timpani... but the dude who's playing it is also hitting an absurdly high trumpet note at the same time.

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* ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' features one during the trench run, as the technicians aboard the Death Star prepare to fire the [[EarthShatteringKaboom Super]][[FrickinLaserBeams laser]] the second time.
* In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', when Taggart is going back home for the first time and still doesn't realize it's all real, as the bay doors of the ''Protector 2'' open and he sees the space vista, dramatic timpani music plays.
* The first half of the opening credits of ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' (the half which has FunWithSubtitles) is accompanied by a piece of stock music called "Ice Floe No.9", dominated by pounding timpani and enigmatic xylophone which combines with the white text on black background to create an atmosphere [[SoundtrackDissonance deliberately at odds]] with the comedy subtitles and the typical Creator/MontyPython absurdism that follows.
* Parodied in ''Film/WaitingForGuffman'': the overture from [[ShowWithinAShow "Red White And Blaine"]] features a dramatic timpani... but the dude who's playing it is also hitting an absurdly high trumpet note at the same time.


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* Parodied in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'': The dramatic timpani are played by an ''actual'' timpanist in the spaceship itself. And in case you thought that was a one-off gag, the timpanist [[BrickJoke is one of the evacuees]] when the SelfDestructMechanism is activated.
* In ''Film/OnTheWaterfront'', the soundtrack by Music/LeonardBernstein has the quiet title music followed by a pounding fugato for three drummers (though the third is actually on tuned drums rather than timpani).
* ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' features one during the trench run, as the technicians aboard the Death Star prepare to fire the [[EarthShatteringKaboom Super]][[FrickinLaserBeams laser]] the second time.
* In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', when Taggart is going back home for the first time and still doesn't realize it's all real, as the bay doors of the ''Protector 2'' open and he sees the space vista, dramatic timpani music plays.
* The first half of the opening credits of ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' (the half which has FunWithSubtitles) is accompanied by a piece of stock music called "Ice Floe No.9", dominated by pounding timpani and enigmatic xylophone which combines with the white text on black background to create an atmosphere [[SoundtrackDissonance deliberately at odds]] with the comedy subtitles and the typical Creator/MontyPython absurdism that follows.
* Parodied in ''Film/WaitingForGuffman'': the overture from [[ShowWithinAShow "Red White And Blaine"]] features a dramatic timpani... but the dude who's playing it is also hitting an absurdly high trumpet note at the same time.

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6th Nov '16 6:42:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* Parodied in Film/WaitingForGuffman: the overture from [[ShowWithinAShow "Red White And Blaine"]] features a dramatic timpani... but the dude who's playing it is also hitting an absurdly high trumpet note at the same time.

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* Parodied in Film/WaitingForGuffman: ''Film/WaitingForGuffman'': the overture from [[ShowWithinAShow "Red White And Blaine"]] features a dramatic timpani... but the dude who's playing it is also hitting an absurdly high trumpet note at the same time.



* Used after the opening of ''{{Concentration}}'', and before contestant introductions.

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* Used after the opening of ''{{Concentration}}'', ''Series/{{Concentration}}'', and before contestant introductions.



* ''SilentHillShatteredMemories'': Dramatic timpani drumming accompanies the Rawshock chases during Nightmare sequences.

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* ''SilentHillShatteredMemories'': ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories'': Dramatic timpani drumming accompanies the Rawshock chases during Nightmare sequences.
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