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How many Cymbal crashes in Tchaik 4? 192!

Posted at 10:16 AM on December 30, 2011 by Alison Young

The cymbal-ist playing Tchaik 4 has to be strong, agile, a great musician and have nerves of steel. This uber-musician must wait about 30 minutes before playing and pretty well all eyes are on him, so no clams allowed!

Just a side-bar, years ago I was on an audition committee for a percussion opening in our orchestra. It all started to sound kinda the same to me, but soon you could tell who had the chops especially when it got to the Tchaik 4 excerpts. Amazing to hear cymbals all day long...