In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- The emperor is enthroned under an elaborate canopy crowned by a two-headed eagle, and at the base of the throne are strewn the trophies of battles - banners and weapons, kettledrums, and standards.
- Those who still admire Ezra Pound's pretentious poetry will presumably enjoy listening to him reciting while thumping on a kettledrum.
- Concertos for the timpani or kettledrums, the big boys of the orchestra, are certainly unusual but not entirely neglected.
- Eleven-year-old gamelan aficionado Morrison solemnly tapped out the steady beat on the kempli, a large kettledrum on which all the musicians in Balinese gamelan depend to keep time, especially when the rhythms get tricky.
- The golden measure of poetry does not yet exist, only the rhythm of the maracas, the exact sound of the kettledrum.
- I also enjoy Harnoncourt's unleashing the kettledrums at the climaxes.
- A typical cumbia is performed with a male singer (usually a high baritone or tenor) backed by a male chorus, drums (primarily kettledrum and bass drum), electric guitar and bass, and either a brass section or an accordion.
- The rain's playing muffled kettledrums on our roof, shimmering like sheets of cellophane outside.
- And men beat on basins, tin pans, bass drums, and kettledrums.
- The sound is excellent for its age and the particular timbre of oboes, clarinets and bassoons accompanied by the battery of kettledrums has to be heard to be believed!
- Music swelled from the horn section, then flitted through the flutes, oboes, and clarinets, dropping down to the bass section, building from the rumbling of the kettledrum only to subside again.
- Whoever that is on the kettledrums in the finale does a hell of a job!
- Mozart's ‘last words’ were his attempt to produce the sound of the kettledrums in his Requiem.
- Drums were not used by the Roman army but European soldiers were reintroduced to them in the Crusades, when the presence of kettledrums and other percussion instruments was noted in the Saracen battle line.
- Lightning sends flickering flashes through the Hall, and the thunder reaches us as a rumble of kettledrums.
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