I am a student percussionist, and the orchestra I am in is performing "Red Plum Capriccio", the Erhu concerto. I am having some difficulty deciphering the difference between the different listed cymbals in one of the percussion parts.

齊鈸 - Qibo

朴鈸 - Pubo

小鈸 - Xiaobo

片鈸 - Pianbo

Is anyone able to explain the differences between these, or to a resource that better explains them? Most resources I have found just cite all cymbals as one instrument called 鈸. Thank you.

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    Based on my limited knowledge of Chinese, the 小鈸 is implied to be small and the 片鈸 is implied to be flat.
    – Dekkadeci
    Commented Apr 3 at 20:16
  • Have you tried watching a video of a performance, following along in the score?
    – Aaron
    Commented Apr 4 at 6:32
  • A great question, indeed. On a standard drumkit, there will be two distinct cymbals - ride and crash. However, each can still be played in a myriad of different ways, and use different beaters (sticks) to produce even more sonic differences. Maybe there's no absolute answer here. +1
    – Tim
    Commented Apr 4 at 7:34
  • @Tim standard orchestras also don't have erhus. It's almost as if the question was about completely different tradition.
    – ojs
    Commented Apr 4 at 11:57
  • @Aaron I’ve tried listening to performances of the piece, they either don’t show the percussion section clearly, or omit instruments and thus don’t seem reliable. Commented Apr 4 at 14:26


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