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  • n  a large hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting the tension on it

  • An eerie rumble of double basses and tympani built in the pit.
  • To the sombre moaning of fiddles, melancholy piping of flutes and rumble of tympani a foredoomed Launcelot was born.
  • He wrote an opening movement teeming with conflict, a scherzo that called in horns and tympani, a slow deeply reflective movement, then a crashing, cumulative finale based on .

  • Amanda Palmer in Billboard
    The songs range from intimate ballads to faster and harder Amanda-assaults-the-piano thrillers,Palmer says in a statement. "We've been adding everything from organs and Leslie cabinets to strings, horns and tympani. The final result should...

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