Nomenclature of Percussion Instruments

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Italian

French

German

Percussion
[Battery]

Percussione
[Batteria; Strumenti a percossa]

Batterie

Schlagzeug
[Schlaginstrumente]

Timpani
Kettle Drums

Timpani

Timbales

Pauken

Bass Drum

Gran cassa
Tamburo grosso
Tamburo grande

Grosse Caisse

Grosse Trommel

Military Drum
Snare Drum
Side Drum

Tamburo (militare)

Tambour (militaire)
Caisse claire

Kleine Militärtrommel
Kleine Trommel

Small Side Drum
Trap Drum

Tamburo piccolo

Petite caisse claire
Petit tambour
Tarolle

Tenor Drum
Parade Drum

Tamburo rullante
Cassa rullante

Caisse roulante

Rührtrommel

Tabor
Field Drum
Long Drum

Tamburo

Tambourin de Provence
Tambourin Provençal

Tambourin

Cymbals

Piatti
Cinelli

Cymbales (libres)

Becken
Cinellen
Zymbel

Suspended Cymbal
Hanging Cymbal
Hung Cymbal
Cymbal, free
Turkish crash

Piatto (sospeso)
Piatto oscillante

Cymbale (suspendue)

Becken (frei)
Becken freihängend
Becken freischwingend

Crash Cymbal
Chinese Cymbal

Piatto chinoso

Cymbale Chinoise

Chinesische Zimbal

Antique Cymbals

Cimbali antichi

Cymbales antiques

Antike Zimbeln

Finger Cymbals

Crotales

Gong
Tam-tam

Tam-tam

Tam-tam

Tam-tam

Tambourine
Hand Drum

Tamburino
Tamburello Basco
Tamburo Basco

Tambour de Basque

Tamburin
Schellentrommel

Triangle

Triangolo

Triangle

Triangel

Castanets

Castagnette

Castagnettes

Kastagnetten

Chimes
Tubular Chimes
Bells

Campane
Campanelle

Cloches
Tubes

Glocken
Glockengeläute

Glockenspiel
Chime-Bells

Campanelli
Campanetta

Carillon
Clochettes
Jeu de Timbres
Timbres

Glockenspiel

Xylophone

Xy[i]lofono
Silofono
Zilafono

Xylophone

Xylophon
Holzharmonika

Vibraphone
Vibraharp

Vibrafono

Vibraphone

Vibraphon

Marimba

Marimba

Marimba

Marimba



Auxillary Percussion Instruments

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Italian

French

German

Anvil [Steel bar, Pipe]

Incudine

Enclume

Amboss

Auto [Taxi] Horn

Corno di automobile

Cor d'Auto

Autohorn

Bird Whistle

Gli Uccelli

Sifflet d'oiseau

Vogelpfeife

Bongos

Bongos

Bongos

Bongos

Chains

Catene

Chaînes

Kettern

Chinese Blocks [Drums]

Ceppi chinosi

Blocs chinois

Chinesische Blocke

Claves

Claves

Claves

Claves

Cowbells

Campanelli di vacca

Grelots

Heerdenglocken

Cowhorn

Corno di vacca

Ranz de vaches

Stierhorn

Dulcimer

Cembalon [Cimbalom]

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Hackbrett

Guitar

Chitarra [Guitarre]

Guitare

Gitarre

Harmonica [Mouth Organ]

Armonica

Harmonica

Harmonika [Mundharmonika]

Hi-Hat

Hi-Hat

Cymbales à pédale

Becken mit Fussmachine, Fussbecken

Jew's Harp

Scacciapensieri

Guimbarde

Brummeisen

Jingles

Bubbolo

Timbres

Schelle

Jingle Johnny

Mezzaluna

-

Schellenbaum

Mandoline

Mandolino

Mandoline

Mandoline

Maracas

Marache

Maracas [Boîte à clous]

Maracas

Metal Block

Cassa di metalo

Bloc de Métal

Metallkasten

Rasper [Güiro]

Raspe

Râpe

Raspel

Ratchet

Raganella

Crécelle

Ratsche, Knarre

Rattle [Ratchet]

Raganella [Sistrum]

Crécelle

Klapper [Knarre; Ratsche]

Sandpaper (blocks)

Ceppi di carta vetro

Blocs à papier de verre

Sandpapierblocke

Siren

Sirena

Sirène

Sirene

Slapstick [Whip]

Frusta

Fouet

Peitsche

Sleighbells

Sonagli

Grelots

Schelle

Slide Whistle

Flauto a culisse

Sifflet à coulisse

Lotosflöte, Ziehpfeife

String Drum [Lion Roar]

Rugghio di leone

Tambour à corde

Löwengebrill

Switches

Verghe(i)

Verges

Rute (Ruthe)

Temple Blocks

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-

-

Thunder-machine

Machina di tuono

Machine à tonnerre

Donnermaschine

Thunder-sheet

-

-

-

Wind-machine

Machina a venti

Machine à vent

Windmaschine

Wood Blocks

Casse di legno [Legno]

Blocs de bois

Holzkasten [Holztrommel]

Zither

Cytharra

Cithare

Zither


Resources:
Gardner Read, Thesaurus of Orchestral Devices
Peinkofer & Tannigel, Handbook of Percussion Instruments



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