Gong (Musical Instrument)


GONG, a musical instrument of the percussion family. The gong is a flat bronze or brass disk at least 3 feet (about 1 meter) in diameter, with the edge turned över at a right angle. It is suspended by a cord in a standing wood or metal frame and is played by being struck with a felt mallet or some other type of padded hammer. The gong has an indefinite piteh and a deep, rich, reverberating tone.
Originally from eastern Asia, gongs are of three types—Burmese, Chinese (tam-tam), and Turkish. Western composers use them to help build up exciting passages of music, to create a melaneholy mood, or to imitate or suggest an Oriental theme or atmosphere.

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