Characteristics of Percussion
Percussionists may play many instruments.
Percussion instruments are used to emphasize rhythm and to heighten climaxes.
In film the use of percussion is mainly used to accent action scene, war scenes, etc.
In 20th century music there is a greater use of percussion - Film/Video Games
Complexity of African and Asian percussion music often surpasses that of percussion western music.
The piano, harpsichord, organ and accordion are the best-known keyboard instruments.
Most prominent ~1600 to ~1750.
Wide range of pitch, dynamics, & tone color.
Sound produced by air being directed to pipes.
Pipe sets of various materials produce different tone color.
Pipe sets put into play by using knobs called stops.
Air bellows drives reeds controlled by keyboard & buttons.
Characteristics of Keyboard Instruments
Keyboard instruments can reflect many moods including sorrow, passion, power, reflection, remorse, and horror.