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Music Term: Tamtam

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1-9

Tamtam


Definition and background:

a gong, an instrument of Chinese origin in its western orchestral form. It is first found in this context towards the end of the 18th century, when it is used for dramatic effect. Gustav Holst makes use of the tam-tam in mars, from the planets, and sets of gongs of a more obviously oriental kind are used by Puccini in his operas Madam Butterfly and Turandot


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