, автор: Быстрова А.

The knock of the dice: Interesting facts about the xylophone

Even though the instrument does not look menacing at all, its sounds can seem ominous.

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Percussion instruments are not always big and bulky. The xylophone, featured in this material, is quite miniature. There are wooden plates or bars on the body of this instrument - the sound is achieved by striking them with a special stick. Depending on the style of playing, the coloring of the sound changes - the xylophone can sound menacing, but it can also give light, joyful sounds.

Interesting facts about the xylophone:


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▪︎ French composer Saint-Saëns, after being inspired by the engravings of the 15th-century German artist H. Holbein, wrote a symphonic poem, Dances of Death. At the premiere performance of this work, an overly impressionable listener got cold feet, frightened as he realistically imagined a skeleton dancing to the rattle of his own bones. The composer achieved this frightening effect with sharp, jerky stabs on the instrument's wooden plates;

▪︎ The xylophone is commonly used in the making of films-the instrument is very appropriate in the scoring of horror films;

▪▪ It is the xylophone, which was used in the song of the squirrel gnawing of the emerald-golden nuts in The Tale of Tsar Saltan. Its sounds mimic the snapping of nutshells.


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▪︎ In the 1940s, the xylophone was often used by jazz performers. This instrument was later replaced by the vibraphone;

▪︎ In some African countries, the xylophone is not used for musical purposes but by locals to scare away birds and other garden pests;

▪︎ In musical circles, the sticks tapped on the xylophone have their own very cute name, "goat's feet.