Percussion instruments have developed into various forms, each of which serves different purposes. Here is the brief history of three major types: bells, gongs, and drums. The first version appeared during the Shang dynasty and commonly consisted of only three bells, and was enjoyed only by high-ranking authorities. The one found in the tomb of Zenghou Yi 5th century BC in Hubei province is the largest in size, and is comprised of 64 different bells.
Category:Asian percussion instruments
Percussion instruments of Asia - K-Train
View Event Calendar. Percussion Instruments Percussion instruments refer to musical instruments that are played by striking them with another object. Chinese percussion instruments have a long history and a sizable variety. They can be used to highlight the rhythm in music and create colourful tonal changes, or can be grouped together in ensemble playing. Percussion ensemble pieces differ in expression as the configuration differs. The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra's percussion section is primarily made up of two sets: Chinese traditional percussion instruments and Western percussion instruments both with pitched and un-pitched categories. Chinese traditional percussion instruments comprise the metal type large gongs, small gongs, cloud gongs, cymbals, bells and chimes etc.
Ancient Chinese Percussion Instruments
We highlighted a few membranophones of the world a while back. Now seems like a good time to touch on some culturally significant drums from Asia, in advance of our trip in January. Some of our crew will be visiting a few locations in China and Japan early in the new year.
Stephanie has taught studio art and art history classes to audiences of all ages. She holds a master's degree in Art History. Music is important to many cultures, including China. Chinese percussion instruments have been used for more than years, with records documenting events using drums dating back to the Shang Dynasty, between about and BCE. Percussion instruments are those that are hit or struck with something to make a noise.