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A brief chronicle of gongs - music


The gong is one of the oldest musical instruments in the world. Archaeologists have unearthed gongs built more or less four thousand years ago. No amazement when we hear a gong we feel like we are being touched in our soul.

The initial printed declare of the gong was in China in the 6th century. In these antediluvian id the Chinese claim that a further civilization from Chief Asia introduced it to them. While we can't be a variety of which civilization bent the gong, it's safe to say the sound resonated with the Chinese and that they made the gong their own.

The Chinese used gongs for many state functions. They were struck to broadcast when the Royal leader or other chief opinionated and holy records arrived. Armed leaders also used gongs to assemble men at once for battle.

The gong and its music then migrated from China to Java -- the term gong is essentially Javanese in cause -- and became conventional in Indonesia by the 9th century.

The Javanese made their gongs in a new way that was much assorted from the large flat Chinese gongs; they used deep turned-down rims with a raised knob in the center. The Indonesians also urbanized a style of before a live audience many of their gongs at once, in a beating orchestra known as a gamelan. In gamelan, the gongs are commonly assorted sizes, with each one tuned to a assorted certain pitch.

Gongs migrated leisurely from Asia to Africa -- they didn't have the Internet and airplanes to speed effects along back then -- and as a final point at home in Europe in the eighteenth century.

The style of gong that Europeans first saw and heard was the big Chinese gong of indefinite pitch that you have doubtless seen in the back of orchestras.

Though now a conventional part of the bass beat divide in Western orchestras, the first symphony to bring in one was Mirabeau, printed by the French composer Francois Gossec, in 1791. Debussy became the first major composer to incorporate the sounds into his symphonies.

Andrew Borakove is a media critic and a gong aficionado. He is also the owner of Gongs Unlimited, the only internet store attentive exclusively to gongs. http://www. gongs-unlimited. com


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