Concertos for off-beat instruments
Most concertos are written for piano or violin, and then in descending order, according to the popularity of the instrument. Other strings, woodwinds, and brass instruments have some concertos written for them. But, at the end of the line, are instruments only rarely appearing in solo roles.
On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, you can hear some strange concertos, and you can be sure to hear a piece written for eight tympani and orchestra!