Today, I´d like to recommend you a very interesting book.
It is "Timpani and Percussion in the Works of Giuseppe Verdi" (Horst Huber).
In it, the author writes about the Timpani/Percussion parts writen by the genius from La Roncole, and explains the wrong notes in the timpani parts, when to play cymbals and when not to, the different ways he names the instruments (and what it implies), when to play rolls, the problem of the off-stage bands...
A very ambicious book, which will be of great help not only for percussionists, but for conductors concerned about their section, Opera houses, teachers...
You can buy it on Amazon.
If you want to legally have a look at it before buying it, you can do it on Google Books.
I already have it... Will you play a work by Verdi without reading this fantastic book?
…et in Arcadia ego.
© David Valdés