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Percussion Kitchen department bc of rhythmical instruments and accessories Percussion section brings tremendous amount of excitement to music Last instrument family of the orchestra Cool FactsTo qualify to the orchestra family, the instrument must produce its sound when it is hit or stricken Percussion are some of the oldest of all musical instruments Importance achieved by the string or wind family bc today explores are exploring more complex rhythmsand unusual sounds Main function is to provide beat and keep rhythm Nevertheless, there’s some percussion instruments that are capable of playing melodies in the orchestra Used often and create a variety of sound colors Historical background and role of percussion Origin of per. Dates all the way back to prehistoric men beating out rhythms on hollow tree trunks or by working with their hunting toolsRhythm dates back further than recorded civilization Musical reference to rhythm and percussion like instruments can be found in pre historic art Ex. Painting ceramics caves The role has changed over centuries… main musical function has been to provide rhythm stability But now per. Now play melodic passages within symphony orchestraThey don’t play all the time bc of the constant beating sound can create an overpowering effect within the orchestra. Composers are particular careful when they use percussion instruments bc of high volumelevels. The use of per. Instruments contribute to balance and articulation of composition Use of percussion Prior to the 1900’s composers used per. To emphasize certain strong moments in their music