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A small tuned cymbal.‘Along with the chorus, there are four pianos, tympani, and a fascinating assortment of percussion instruments - xylophone, crotales, bell, snare drum, side drum, bass drum, tambourine, cymbals and triangle.’‘The first movement's short ‘introduction’ is dominated by a characteristic ‘chiming’ texture, with crotales and celesta (and, later, alto flute, clarinet, violin and cello) outlining an added C major dominant seventh chord.’
1930s French, from Latin crotalum, denoting an ancient type of castanet, from Greek krotalon.
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