tim·​pa·​nist | \ ˈtim-pə-nist How to pronounce timpanist (audio) \
variants: or less commonly tympanist

Definition of timpanist

: a person who plays the timpani

Examples of timpanist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The strings around him, under Franz Welser-Most, support him in kind, and principal timpanist Paul Yancich contributes vitally to a resplendent performance. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra treats Adella patrons to electic 20th-century program, with flute," 9 Apr. 2021 Anderson has operated as the principal timpanist for the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and is a music teacher at Northern Lights ABC. Anchorage Daily News, "Matthew Anderson, “Suite 1 - Bach’s Prelude in G”," 7 May 2020 The finale, with timpanists Jauvon Gilliam and Scott Christian volleying thunder from opposite sides of the stage, led to less a unified resolution than a heterogeneous catharsis. Washington Post, "National Symphony Orchestra considers the one and the many in program of Grieg, Dvorak and Nielsen," 7 Feb. 2020 The first movement’s long cadenza included a dialogue between Kavakos and timpanist Tim Genis, which sounded almost like a Renaissance dance in its open harmonies and hearty rhythm. Zoë Madonna, BostonGlobe.com, "Three conductors made for three days of thrills with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood," 12 Aug. 2019 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra timpanist James Wyman fears that the unexpected loss of his salary this summer will delay scheduled surgery that could improve the hearing of his 7-year-old son. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "'I just want to work': BSO musicians say threatened job cuts could disrupt lives, jeopardize needed healthcare," 5 June 2019 The first movement cadenza, which Kopatchinsakaja patterned after one Beethoven wrote for a piano transcription of the concerto, had her in riotous dialogue with the timpanist and other members of the ensemble. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Beethoven rolls over at the Ojai Music Festival," 8 June 2018 During Brahms, Grimaud gave the sort of fierce performance associated with her younger self, not to mention principal timpanist Don Liuzzi making his bone-shaking presence felt from the rear of the orchestra. David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com, "Philadelphia Orchestra's first day in Israel: 'Want to hear more?' asks Yannick," 3 June 2018 During the Louisiana Philharmonic’s performance, the strings were frequently swamped by the timpanists (Jim Atwood and Paul Yancich, stationed at the front of Carnegie’s stage). Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, "Review: Philip Glass Is Celebrated, but Not With His Best," 28 Feb. 2018

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1906, in the meaning defined above

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“Timpanist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timpanist. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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