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Perc. instrs. consisting of plate‐shaped discs made of brass or other metal with leather handles. Played by being held one in each hand and clashed together; or fixed on a stand enabling the foot to do the clashing; or one can be fixed to the side of a big drum and the other clashed on to it; or they can be rattled at their edges; or one cymbal can be struck with a drumstick (or wire brush) or a roll perf. on it with drumsticks. Antique cymbals, specified in some scores (e.g. Debussy's L'Après‐midi d'un faune), are tuned to a definite pitch. Ordinary cymbals have no definite pitch but one may sound higher than another. See choke cymbals, Chinese crash cymbals, and sizzle cymbals.

Subjects: Music.

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