The Acoustic Properties of Timpani and their Connection with the Instrumental Practice

  • Andraž Poljanec Ljubljana-Šentvid
Keywords: timpani, kettledrums, acoustics of timpani


While there is much knowledge and research on the acoustics of timpani, there is a lack of scientific research on the playing technique. In my research I analyzed visual and audio recordings and discovered the impact on the sound color using different mallets, varying the tension of the membrane and played with different grips and styles.


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Author Biography

Andraž Poljanec, Ljubljana-Šentvid

Andraž POLJANEC ( graduated in flute (Prof. Karolina Šantl - Zupan) and percussion (Prof. Boris Šurbek) at the Academy for Music in Ljubljana. He further improved his knowledge at the Conservatorium Rueil-Malmaison in Paris (Prof. Gaston Sylvestre) and in Amsterdam (Prof. Nick Woud). In the field of chamber music, but also as a solo artist, he first preformed within the group Studio za tolkala (Studio for percussion) – in Slovenia and abroad. For his performative musical accomplishments within the same group he received the Betetto Prize in 1999. As a member of the Studio or alone he performed – in debut performances – and recorded various musical pieces of different Slovene authors. Since 2004 he has been employed as a timpani soloist in the RTV Slovenia Symphonic Orchestra. In 2009 he had a solo recital in the Concert Atelier of the Society of Slovene Composers. In the concert season 2011/2012 (within the series “Chromatics”), he debut-performed the Concert for percussion player and symphonic orchestra by Peter Šavli entitled Čakra. In 2015, he defended his master theses Acoustic nature of timpani and their relationship with instrumental practice.

How to Cite
PoljanecA. (2016). The Acoustic Properties of Timpani and their Connection with the Instrumental Practice. Musicological Annual, 52(1), 97-120.