A Descriptive Catalogue of the Musical Instruments in the South Kensington Museum
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...The cheng with seventeen tubes is generally so constructed as to emit thirteen tones, --four of the tubes, being silent, merely serve to N a strengthen the position of the others. The tones are produced byclosing the finger-holes at the lower ends of the tubes, and by blowing into, or inhaling through the mouthpiece. The following are the tones of the tubes in successive order: --In ancient time the cheng with thirteen sounding tubes was tuned to yield the following tones: --The arrangement of the tones on the old cheng with twenty-four tubes, and likewise on that with nineteen tubes, was not less strange than that given in the last notation of the cheng with thirteen tubes. It will, however, be observed that this notation contains the intervals of the chromatic scale, while the previous notation exhibits the pentatonic scale. 977-'72 CHENG. Formed of a cluster of seventeen short bamboo canes, mostly tipped with stained bone, fastened together by a band of horn, and inserted into a wooden chamber with ivory mouth-piece. China. 19th century. L. 17 in., W. 4 in. (Given by Miss Newbery.) 938-3 CHENG. China. L. 17 in. W. 4 in. (Given by Sir F. Gore Ouseley.) 25, 25a, and 25h-70 KOU. A drum, with a pair of drumsticks of painted wood and leather. Suspended by rings in a wooden frame. China. Modern. H. of frame 24 in., diam. of drum 18 in., L. of drumsticks 11 in. (Given by the Directors of the Alexandra Palace Company.) The Chinese construct some large and highly ornamented drums called kou. One kind, placed between four pillars, is used especially in theatrical performances. The drummer, in order to be enabled to strike it at the top, mounts a platform connected with this drum. Another kind, which is highly ornamented, is raised on a pillar with four...
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