orchestraor musical ensembleperforms the ceremonial music of the former courts and temples of Cambodia. The orchestraconsists of approximately nine or ten instruments, mainly wind and percussion (including several varieties of xylophoneand drums), and accompanies court dances, masked plays, shadow plays, and religious ceremonies.
It is one of the most ancient Cambodian musical ensembles and is closely associated with the Angkor period.Fact|date=June 2007 In fact, its history is carved into the walls of
Angkor Watin the shapes of the instruments held by celestial dancers, such as the gongcalled "kong" and the small cymbals called "chhing", both of which have been essential to the pinpeat ensemble for centuries.Fact|date=June 2007The Pinpeat is very similar to the Thai Piphat.
Instruments used in pinpeat ensembles
This list presents instruments which are or have been used in various pinpeat ensembles.
*roneat - xylophones
roneat ek- the lead high-pitched bamboo xylophone
roneat thung- a low-pitched xylophone
roneat dek- a metal xylophone or metallophone
*kong vong -
**kong vong thom - a 'large circle of gongs'
**kong vong toch - a 'small circle of gongs'
skor thom- two big drums (similar to taikodrums) played with drumsticks
**sampho(r) - a double-headed drum played with hands
sralai- a quadruple-reed
**sralai thom - a large quadruple-reed flute
**sralai toch - a small quadruple-reed flute
khloy- a type of bamboo flute (was used in place of the sralai in the past)
*chhing (chhap) - finger cymbals
*krap - wooden clappers (presently rarely used)
Music of Cambodia
* [http://www.peter-giger.de/fotoxxl/percussion/b-Asia/Cambodia04.htm A photo gallery of various pinpeat ensembles]
* [http://vorasith.online.fr/cambodge/mus/lucmu1.htm L'orchestre "Pin Peat"] (French)
* [http://www.angkor-ruins.com/radio/program/pinpeat.htm Pin Peat played by boys] (Japanese)
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