The Cymbal is a member of the percussion family. The cymbal is a thin round metal plate that serves to provide colorful effects to the overall sound of the orchestra. Some of the most popular cymbals include tiny finger cymbals, crash cymbals, and suspended cymbals. The cymbal can play very softly or very loudly. It can be played so loud in fact, that it can be heard over even the most uproarious of orchestral music.

The Cymbal was invented around 201 – 300 AD in Central Asia.

Rocked with Star!

Let’s enjoy the sound of this instrument through this wonderful performance by Paul Motian.

Learn more about Paul Motian

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and raised in Providence, Rhode Island.  After playing guitar in his childhood, Motian began playing the drums at age 12, eventually touring New England in a swing band. Motian became a professional musician in 1954, and briefly played with pianist Thelonious Monk.