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Definition and Description of the Cymbals
Definition and description of the Cymbals: The Cymbals can be described as thin, round concave metal plates. The word cymbal is derived from the Latin cymbalum, meaning a small bowl. A musical instrument used by the ancients shaped like a circular dish or a flat plate, with a handle at the back. Cymbals are used in pairs to produce a sharp ringing sound by clashing them together. 

Family of Instruments: The Cymbals belongs to the family of Percussion instruments.

Medieval Musical Instruments - Cymbals
Medieval Musical instruments, including the Cymbals, would be used by the musicians of the period including the Waits, Minstrels or Troubadours. There were three categories of musical instruments in the Middle Ages - wind, string and percussion. Terms of description were Bas instruments and Haut instruments. Bas referred to soft instruments (literally, "low," but referring to volume, not pitch) which were suitable for the chamber which included the vielle, rebec and other bowed strings, the lute and other plucked strings. Haut referred to loud instruments (literally "high" but referring to volume, not to pitch) which were suitable for outdoors which included the shawm, sackbut, pipe and tabor.

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