Dictionary of Common Foreign Percussion Terms

English

Italian

French

German

Mnemonic Devices

*Antique Cymbals
Crotali
*Crotales
Antiken Zimbeln
Anvil
Incudine
Enclume
Amboss
*Bass Drum
*Gran Cassa
*Gross Caisse
*Grosse Trommel
Remember that “gross” means “big”
*Chimes (tubular bells)
Campane (Campanelle)
*Cloches
*Glocken
“Cloches” rhymes with “roaches” and we thought of roaches in the tubes of the bells…
*Orchestra Bells
Campanelli
*Jeu de Timbres
*Glockenspiel
Brush (Wire)
Verge Scovolo
Brosse
Stahlburste
*Cowbell
Cencerro
Choche a’ Vache
*Almenglock, Amglock
*Cymbals
*Piatti (means “plates”)
*Cymbales
*Becken
Our professor said if you dropped cymbals you’d say “I becken your pardon.”
*Field Drum
*Tamburo Militare
*Tambour Militare
*Militar Trommel
Field drum, used on the “military” field.
*Guire (Gourd or Scratcher)
Raspe (rasp=scratch)
Rape
Raspel
*Kettledrums
*Timpani
*Timbales
*Pauken
Professor says these large drums take a long time to “pauken up”.
Let Ring
Lesciare Vibrare (L.V.)
Laissez Vibrer
Klingen Lassen
*Marimba
Marima
Marimba
Marimbaphon
*Percussion
*Percussione
*Batterie
*Schlagzeug
*Snare Drum
*Tamburo
*Caisse Claire
*Kleine Trommel
“Kleine” means “little”.
Stick
Bacchetta
Baquette Malloche
Schlage
*Tambourine
Tamburo Basco
*Tambour de Basque
Tamburin Schellentrommel
*Tenor Drum
*Tamburo Rullante
Caisse Roulante
Ruhttrommel
Whip
Frusta
Fouet
Holzklapper
Woodblock
Casa di legno
Bloc de Bois
Holtztrammel
Xylophone
Xylofono
Xylophone
Holzhamonika Strohfidel
*  indicates terms we were required to learn in my university’s percussion class.
For a more complete listing see: Lang, Morris and Spivack, Larry. Dictionary of Percussion Terms. New York: Lang Percussion Company.
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About Lady Fair

Lady is a musician with a bachelor's degree in music education. She plays multiple instruments and has participated in numerous musical ensembles, giving her a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to use in her teaching career. Of her ensemble participation, she has fifteen years of band experience, nine years choral, and four years in orchestra. Éowyn's primary instrument is clarinet, with voice and piano being close secondary instruments. Throughout her musical education career she studied voice and clarinet simultaneously. In addition to clarinet, piano, and voice, she has also studied violin and oboe at the college level, and also plays recorder, tin whistle, and other instruments in the woodwind family. If you ask her, she will say, "I chose to major in music education because I have a desire to use my knowledge and experience in music to share its beauty and foster a love of music in the hearts of my students. I hope to encourage my students to try their hardest, feel like they have accomplished something, and give them a life long passion for music." Lady currently teaches private lessons on clarinet, sax, flute, oboe, piano, and voice, and recently gained a position teaching orchestra and chorus at a local middle school. She is also a member of the Once Upon a Dream woodwind ensembles.
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