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November 08, 2005


Frank J. Oteri

Well, one of my favorite moments in all of Verdi is the bass drum in the Dies Irae of the Requiem, but that isn't opera even though most of the performances I've heard treat it like one. Then of course there are those all-percussion interludes in The Nose by Shostakovich, but alas, I've brought us back to the 20th century :)

Henry Holland

What's opera got to offer to a a timpanist beyond the Samson Bacchanale every other season at best, unless Domingo's on the payroll?

The motif for the Giants Fafner und Fasolt in the Ring.

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