Gamelan

Gamelan is an Indonesian traditional ensemble of music. It consists primarily of percussive instruments played by the Javanese, Sundanese, and Balinese peoples. The most prevalent instruments consist of mallet-played metallophones and kendhang, a set of hand-played...
Hammered Dulcimer

Hammered Dulcimer

The hammered dulcimer is a stringed percussion instrument with strings stretched over a trapezoidal resonating soundboard. The hammered dulcimer is placed in front of the player, who may sit cross-legged on the floor in more traditional ways or stand or sit at wooden...

The Tubular Bells – Orchestral Mallets

The tubular bells in modern opera and orchestras are arranged chromatically as symphonic chimes. They were built for the orchestra as an easy-to-carry instrument for daily use, and their original design strived to be as similar to church bells as possible. However,...

The Vibraphone – Orchestral Percussions

The most recent addition to the repertoire of orchestral percussion instruments is the vibraphone (also known as the vibraharp or vibes), with its early origins dating back to the vaudeville era of the 1920s. The onomatopoeic name vibraphone refers to the vibrating...

The Glockenspiel – Orchestral Mallets

The name glockenspiel means “bell play” in German. It refers to the sound of small bells. Indeed, the very first instruments to bear this name consisted of a set of exactly that. They were either played by a group of musicians, a style which is called...