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I am not from Israel, Jewish, or come from a Jewish background. However, history has always fascinated me and so I have read a lot about the history this nation–how it originally formed, the destruction of this country and then the re-establishment of Israel in 1948. Never in recorded history has any people group maintained their identity after the destruction of their nation and being scatted throughout the world for almost 2000 years, as is the case for the Jews…Read the full post
I had not been particularly interested in percussion, other than using these instruments to accentuate a well-established theme of music, until I heard what the Timpani can really do–not only in terms of rhythms, but also with tones and the ability of these kettle drums to influence the emotions of each listener.
Being one who likes challenges, I decided to embark in the writing of a composition that features this instrument within an orchestra of strings, woodwinds and brass instruments…Read the full post