Gordon Cleather The Timpani
G. Gordon Cleather presented two lectures to the Royal College of Organists in 1908, these lectures are now available through VAP Media's Digital Bookshelf.
These lectures are little time machines into to the performance practices of timpanists at the turn of the 20th Century. He states at the outset that his topics will include the "rhythmical [sic.] side of the instrument, the artistic side, the construction, and the need to establish a recognized school and standard of Timpani-playing". But the personal stories shared with his audience make these lectures come alive. This is a fun and important read. Many of his topics are still worth discussion today!
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