Definition of kettledrum in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkɛt(ə)ldrʌm


  • A large drum shaped like a bowl, with a membrane adjustable for tension (and so pitch) stretched across. Also collectively called timpani.
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    • And men beat on basins, tin pans, bass drums, and kettledrums.
    • The sound is excellent for its age and the particular timbre of oboes, clarinets and bassoons accompanied by the battery of kettledrums has to be heard to be believed!
    • A typical cumbia is performed with a male singer (usually a high baritone or tenor) backed by a male chorus, drums (primarily kettledrum and bass drum), electric guitar and bass, and either a brass section or an accordion.




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