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In Reply to: RE: Woo Hoo! Just what everyone's wanted: a HIP Ravel Daphnis et Chloe!! : ) posted by email@example.com on March 10, 2017 at 07:25:11
In theory if it added color or verve to the score. I am afraid that valve-less horns and appropriate reeds does not mean that the vernacular sound of the turn of the century musician can be summoned.
It's my HIP opinion in general though. That why I still love the Ristenpart Brandenbergs, because they swing.
Any one up on pony skin and HIP tympani, I heard a demonstration and in jazz drumming it makes a huge difference.
" Any one up on pony skin and HIP tympani, "
At a recent eries of Neilsen symphonies I attended each was accompanied by one of the Haydn "London" symphonies. For the Haydns the modern tymps were abandoned and a set of 18th century types with real skin brought in. Of course much smaller than the modern equivalents as well. I have to say I was thankful as they sounded wonderful. This was with the Philharmonia- not an HIP band.
I often do not like the sound of modern tymps - one could almost believe that the players were hitting big sheets of plastic...:-)
I don't think I know of a single serious orchestral tympanist that DOESN'T use calf heads. They're also common on bass drums. This has nothing at all to do with HIP or tradition. The larger the drum, the more "plastic" a plastic head sounds. On "regular" drums, the difference is much less noticeable and the rewards of the relatively painful maintenance, higher cost and constant-tuning nature of calf palls far more quickly. You mention jazz drumming. To me, the main difference of calf there is on a snare drum, particularly when playing with brushes. I entertained going that route at times, but synthetic brush surfaces have got pretty good in the last 25 years or so.
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