Drums in an orchestra

to7update

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Drums are a powerful instrument and some orchestras don't use them or don't use them often. What's your opinion, is the drum always adequate for the orchestra or is it an instrument more adequate for other kinds of music?
 

belovedad

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I really don't think they are appropriate for orchestras. Orchestras are usually for classical music and drums are normally instruments that tend to up the tempo of songs. This is the reason why they aren't really used as the music is supposed to be smooth and relaxing to the ears.
 

TheJason

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Drums are not constantly in classical music like in say a lot of popular music. However, there are exceptions. Plus. of course, I did mention the word constantly. In reality, a lot of classical compositions use drums at the right moment, but not all thru it.
 

TheKnight

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It depends on the genre because as I've posted before, siberian orchestra sounds great and it has drums, electric guitars, and some other instruments usually used in rock that are masterfully tied to orchestral instruments. I think mixing around instruments should be a practice. One should be open-minded and let the instruments play along with each other no matter what genre they ''belong'' to.
 

Corzhens

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Drums are usually for the drum rolls, for the rock bands, marching bands, but not really for orchestra. However, I remember in one school where I attended a festival of music, the school orchestra has a drummer using the twin drums and drumsticks. I just don’t remember exactly the pieces they performed but they are folk music which are native to our country. Maybe it depends on the genre of music that the orchestra would be playing if the drum is needed or not. Native orchestra here, particularly in schools, have mostly the strings of guitar and banjo.