Crotales

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Crotales (upper right) are often used with other mallet percussion

Crotales or antique cymbals are tuned percussion instruments. They are metal discs, often made of brass, which are struck with hard mallets and produce a sound similar to that of a glockenspiel but with greater carrying power and purity. They were used by Claude Debussy in Prelude à l'après-midi d'un Faune and elsewhere.

Modern crotales are arranged chromatically and have a range of up to two octaves. They are typically available in two one-octave sets: C6–C7 and C7–C8. Crotales are treated as transposing instruments; music for crotales is written two octaves lower than the sounding pitch.

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