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xylophone

(zī`ləfōn) [Gr.,=wood sound], musical instrument having graduated wooden slabs that are struck by the player with small, hard mallets. The slabs are usually arranged like a keyboard, and the range varies from two to four octaves. Since the 1920s the xylophone has been equipped with tubular resonators and thus is essentially identical with the marimba. The latter, however, is deeper and larger, is often played by two or more players, and is struck with soft mallets.

Xylophone

 

a percussion instrument. It has been known in Europe since the 15th century; from the 19th century it was used in musical ensembles and opera and symphony orchestras, as well as for solo performances.

A xylophone consists of a set of chromatically tuned small wooden bars (41) that are arranged in four vertical columns. The two middle columns form the C major scale, and the two outer ones contain all remaining steps of the chromatic sequence. The player produces sound by striking the bars with small wooden hammers. Xylophones are made in several dimensions, ranging from 1½ to 3½ octaves. The marimba and tubaphone are varieties of the instrument.

What does it mean when you dream about a xylophone?

If one is not a xylophone player thinking about his or her music, the dream might concern awkwardly trying to hit the keys with two small wooden mallets. This might symbolize a hit-or-miss situation in one’s life, or it might represent being off key in an emotional relationship.

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The third excerpt featured melodic improvisation using the pitches E, G, and A over a drone (open fifth) accompaniment played on barred instruments (glockenspiels, xylophones, and metallophones).
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Appendix A contains "Selections from Morris Arnold Lang and Larry Spivak, The Dictionary of Percussion Terms," a brief listing of symbols found in percussion music and ranges of the marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, and orchestra bells.
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The excess was unbelievable - cake and sandwiches, followed by tons of pop-up books and toy xylophones. She was hurtling around with a trolley full of bricks, had far too much cake, and at the end of it, I was as exhausted as if I'd stayed up all night mainlining Jack Daniels with Motley Crue.
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The players of the gamelan orchestra (bronze xylophones, pots, and gongs, bamboo flutes, and wooden drums) seem to be dancers in their own right, swelling in unison after great flourishes; the choreographed fury of their hammer wielding hands summons monsoons, insect swarms, and warbling birds.
Based at The Watershed in Slaithwaite, they create music played on xylophones with percussion, flute, violin and accordion.
The excess was unbelievable - cake and sandwiches, followed by tons of pop-up books and toy xylophones. She was hurtling around with a trolley full of bricks, I had far too much cake and, at the end of it, was as exhausted as if I'd stayed up all night mainlining Jack Daniel's with Motley Crue.
That included the vehicle, a number of vibraphones, xylophones, bass drums, snares, brasses, cymbals and drum sticks.