Hakka Affairs Council

Music & Drama


Small Cymbal

  • Post Date:2006-01-12
Small Cymbal

It is called a Qizi, or Suo, in the Hakka language.

It is made of bell bronze, the shape of a plate, three to five inches in diameter. The raised hemisphere in the middle is the cymbal bowl. The bowl is of different sizes, with a diameter from 2 to 3 inches, linked with a cloth or leather belt. The two cymbals strike together, producing different pitches, called “the two tones of Yin and Yang.” It is a Beiguan instrument, and an indispensable percussion instrument in Hakka Eight Tones. In “Blown Music,” it controls the tempo of the advance. In “String Music,” the Tang Drummer plays it, so it is necessary to have a cloth strip wound in a circle as a pad.