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Ban

Alan R. Thrasher

in Grove Music Online

Volume Grove Music Online - The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, 2nd edition, issue
Published online September 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630

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Wooden idiophone of the Han Chinese. Ban (‘flat board’) and the onomatopoeic bang are generic terms denoting time-beaters of several types: the woodblocks nanbangzi and Muyu; bangzi concussion bars; concussion plaques, sibao, which are shaken; and the widespread clapper paiban. Audible time-beating in Chinese music dates back to the du (cited in the Confucian text Zhouli, from about the 3rd century bce), a long hollow staff of bamboo held vertically and

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