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xylophone (zīˈləfōn) [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.

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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.

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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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Where "Xylophone" relies on syncopation, though, "Marimba" works through a related compositional element known as hemiola.
Pulsating beats ignited into a cacophony of crashing cymbals, pinging xylophones and halo worthy angelic harmonies.
In this ABA-coda form piece, a poignant recorder melody is played over ostinati patterns for alto xylophone, cymbal, timpani, and bass, all in 6/8 meter and D Dorian mode: simply put, a D minor scale with a B natural instead of a B flat.
Famoro Dioubate is a balafon (African xylophone) master from one of the most prestigious griot (musician/storyteller) families in Guinea.
The soundtrack ranged from Bruce Springsteen to a folksy ballad for guitar and xylophone. In one scene, performers paced a circle around a changing, spotlit soloist, whose bursts of indulgent movement alternated with rest, paralleling the searing Jeff Beck guitar solo.
* Second Place, "Kaleidoscope," Pam VanOtegem; Third Place, "Steel Pipe Xylophone," Nick Leger.
We are summoned to meetings by drumming rather than by the tinkling of a small xylophone, and the house is full of bright, flowing robes.
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SELCO's Social Responsibility Committee has awarded grants to 10 projects in the Springfield public schools: Real Life Math Connections at Page Elementary; Xylophone Orchestra at Mount Vernon Elementary; Thurston Gardens at Thurston Elementary; Journaling for Life and Alphabet Stepping Stone Walkway at Walterville Elementary; Picture Book Unit at Yolanda Elementary; Grassroots Gardening at Turnaround School; and Sphygmomanometers, Database Opportunities and Report Outcomes That Help You and THS Web sites at Thurston High School.