Lisa Hirsch's Classical Music Blog.
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Dear Lisa,It's me again....I'm glad that you paid notice to the death of one of the finest orchestral musicians of all time.Everett "Vic" Firth was part of "the Golden Age" of timpanists in the US in the 1960s-70s.Firth in Boston - Goodman in NY - Hinger in Philadelphia - Metzenger in Chicago - Duff in Cleveland - Kohloff in San Francisco.Vic was a master timpanist and a revered teacher.How wonderful it was to be a concert-goer in those days!Well, we still have the recordings, don't we?- best regards, Greg from SF
I have a Vic Ferth drumstick that I use to prop up a window in my apartment. I had no idea he was a respected orchestral percussion player.
Mr. Firth was the finest timpanist I've ever heard, and I suspect will ever hear. He had such elegance and beauty of tone color.
Thanks, Greg!Henry, I think he was legendary rather than respected.Thanks for that, Michael.
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