- a drum consisting of a hollow hemisphere of brass, copper, or fiberglass over which is stretched a skin, the tension of which can be modified by hand screws or foot pedals to vary the pitch.
Origin of kettledrum
Examples from the Web for kettledrums
The kettledrums, in fact, approximated to the side drums in technique.
After, dull booming of distant artillery, or waspish whinings of kettledrums.Menotah
Ernest G. Henham
Must one clatter like kettledrums and penitential preachers?Thus Spake Zarathustra
Piled up with kettledrums and flags taken from the Russians.
Observe the kettledrums captured at the battle of Blenheim, 1704.Authorised Guide to the Tower of London
W. J. Loftie
- a percussion instrument of definite pitch, consisting of a hollow bowl-like hemisphere covered with a skin or membrane, supported on a tripod or stand. The pitch may be adjusted by means of screws or pedals, which alter the tension of the skin
Word Origin and History for kettledrums
A drum consisting of a skin stretched over a large shell in the shape of a half-sphere. The pitch of the kettledrum can be changed by manipulating screws at the edge of the skin or pedals at the bottom of the drum. Kettledrums are usually used in classical music in sets of two or more and are known by their Italian name, timpani.