The Vienna Timpani as the most popular music instrument in Austria

January 17th, 2015 is glad to introduce a special stamp by Austria Post dedicated to the national musical instruments. This issue depicts the Vienna Timpani. The stamp has been already designed and is to be put into circulation on the 21st of January.

Timpani, or kettledrums, are musical instruments in the percussion family. A type of drum, they consist of a skin called a head stretched over a large bowl traditionally made of copper. They are played by striking the head with a specialized drum stick called a timpani stick or timpani mallet.

Timpani evolved from military drums to become a staple of the classical orchestra by the last third of the 18th century. Today, they are used in many types of musical ensembles including concert, marching, and even some rock bands.