Did you happen to listen Sixth Symphony or "Francesca da Rimini" by Tchaikovsky? And Scheherazade By Rimsky-Korsakov? If it happened, you probably noticed one unusual sound strange, mysterious, resonant, as if uncertain height, but merging with the music, in which he broke unexpectedly and ominously. This Tom-Tom, the instrument of the percussion group that came to us from Asia.
The Tom-Tom - cast metal disc. It is made from special alloys and play on it, hitting with a felt mallet head.
TomTom applies to instruments with indefinite pitch, but has an amazing ability: his sound is always like "adjusted" to the tone, which is played at this time other tools. Party Tom-Tom is recorded in the form of different durations on a single line - "the thread".
In Symphony orchestra Tom-Tom came recently. It is used to create special sound effects. His sonority can be very diverse - from the mysterious, barely audible pianissimo to the powerful, sometimes sinister and terrible fortissimo. Not by chance in the operas TomTom is often used to simulate a funeral knell. The sound of the Tom-Tom accompanied scenes of magic, spells, prayers of the priests. To create vivid color sound he was put in the works, which began with our story.