Sure, it had a fine array of percussion - timpani , snare drum, bass drum, gong, glockenspiel - but they were just there for effect.
Where the hell are the timpani in the Philadelphia Orchestra?
Concertos for the timpani or kettledrums, the big boys of the orchestra, are certainly unusual but not entirely neglected.
The bass is much deeper and richer, the timpani have been brought forth from the orchestral fabric, and the whole thing now has a presence, a pulse that it lacked before.
Orchestras have been told to tame the timpani and cap their crescendos to protect the hearing of musicians and classical music lovers.
The sound is still aggressive, but it's more orchestrated, so the other two musicians just play timpani and a couple songs with just drums and guitar, respectively.
But drums played little part in concerted music until the introduction of timpani into the orchestra in the second half of the 17th century.
As another commentator has noted, only Jason Pierce could produce an album with 11 brass and string musicians, timpani , a dulcimer and sleigh bells, and call it back to basics.
Each man was surrounded by an absolute armada of percussion: Bongos, congas, sambas and tom toms; high-hats, kettles, timpani and snares.
Not knowing which of them wrote what, I can only report that the pit contained two cellos, one double-bass, solo woodwind, brass and timpani .