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Music dictionary in the stories. The Letter T


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.

The Tom-Tom

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.

Music dictionary in stories
Printed materials of the eponymous book by L. Mikheeva (Moscow, "Soviet composer", 1984)

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