Have you ever wondered how to play the triangle? Or how percussion instruments work?
It's more than just a "DING!" Take a dive with me into the world of orchestral percussion. Playing the triangle in an orchestra can be quite tricky, and here are a few reasons why.
This is the first in a series of videos I have planned that will dive deeper into various aspects of orchestral percussion. I figured the triangle was the easiest entry point into this world because of the different types of attention it gets, even in popular culture. My hope is that people who are already interested in classical music, and might not know that much about percussion or the triangle, will gain a certain level of deeper understanding through watching this. I also think back to when I was getting deeper into this world during the last couple years of high school, and was hungry for more information. I had this period of my life in mind when I made this video, and hopefully any other budding percussionists will find it useful for the beginning stages of their percussion education. For those who are already experienced musicians or seasoned professionals, perhaps this could be used as a tool to help answer the question of “What do you even do as an orchestral percussionist?” In any case, if you enjoy the video please help me out by doing the usual actions of liking the video and subscribing to my channel on YouTube. Better yet, if you know someone who you think this would be useful for (students, family members, non-musician friends, etc.), I would be very honored if you shared this with them! If you have any thoughts or additional points about this I would also be glad to hear them.
This video is dedicated in memory of the legendary Alan Abel, whose triangles are heard throughout the world.
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LINKS TO MATERIAL MENTIONED IN VIDEO (bibliography):
Florida Orchestra Triangle Solo
Car Insurance Commerical
Blog Post by Eric Hopkins (Musicians of the Utah Symphony)
The Best of George Plimpton
Richard Strauss, Ein Heldenleben (full performance)
Antonín Dvořák, Symphony no. 9 (full performance)
Gustav Mahler, Symphony no. 1 (full performance)
Taken from the great teachings of Don Liuzzi, principal timpanist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and through one of his former students Pius Cheung and his article "Marimba Romanticism" in the August/September 2009 issue of Percussive Notes