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《ティンパニ》最後列の最上段からオーケストラを支える
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《Timpani》 Supporting the orchestra from the top of the last row

The representative percussion instrument is the timpani.
We asked Mr. Shimon Shinozaki, the principal timpani player

A timpani is a very simple musical instrument that is made by putting calf skin on a copper pot (kettle) and striking the skin with a tool called a mallet. However, by changing the tension of the skin, it is possible to create accurate pitches, so it is used by various composers in orchestras and plays a very important role.
The timpani's predecessor was originally directly skinned. It developed as the demands of composers increased, such as the type of instrument where the skin is stretched by turning the screw by hand, and the type of instrument where the skin is stretched by stepping on the pedal with the foot.

The Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra mainly uses instruments made by a company called Refima, which are made by stepping on the pedals with the foot to stretch the leather, and they are given the cool name "Ehnelt" after the name of the instrument maker. increase.
With this foot-operated instrument, you can step on the pedal while playing with your hands to change the tension of the leather, thereby instantly changing the pitch.

The timpani plays such an important role in an orchestra that it is often called the "second conductor".
In the first place, percussion instruments, including timpani, are used very little compared to other stringed and wind instruments, which are played without rest, and there are times when they only make a sound once in a song.
However, in an orchestra, it is often in the highest position in the back, and the sound is often loud, so it is very noticeable. The rest of the orchestra listens to the action of the conductor and concertmaster in front, and listens to the timpani and percussion in the background. In other words, I believe that by timpani working together with the conductor and concertmaster to convey to everyone the direction in which the piece is going, the sound of the orchestra will become tighter and the timbre will change.
However, as much as it stands out, if you can't get that coordination, you'll lose track of the direction the orchestra is going, and there's a danger that the performance will be ruined...

The important thing in playing the timpani is to always listen to the surroundings, not only when playing loud sounds but also when playing soft sounds, and capture the sounds and actions of each orchestra player from the top, and share them with everyone. I think it's something to do.
In order to do that, I think it is necessary not only to study a lot about musical instruments, but also to study and research more than anyone else about composers, the content and background of music, and other instruments and players. I look forward to practicing every day when I want to share the results with other performers and let everyone who visits the venue listen to better performances.
We are looking forward to seeing you again at the venue!

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