The triangle is a metal bar, bent into a triangle shape with a gap in one corner.
To play it
You tap it with a little metal stick.
The triangle might be very small, but you still need to concentrate so you don’t go ‘ding’ in the wrong place. And sometimes, when you dangle the triangle from the top, it swings away when you want to hit it and you miss!
The triangle makes a tinkling sound. And when you shake the stick backwards and forwards really quickly in the middle of the triangle, it sounds a bit like someone’s doorbell.
Do You Know?
See if you can answer the questions below!
● What shape is a triangle?
● The triangle is…
● What sort of sound does a triangle make?
● What is the triangle made of?
● You strike the triangle with...
Play More Music!
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Selected Triangle Extracts
Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124 / R455: III. Allegretto vivace (extract)
Listen to the high tinkle between the piano’s bits – it’s like a game of cat and mouse!
Performers: Joseph Banowetz, piano; Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra; Oliver Dohnányi
Taken from Naxos 8.553267
Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908)
Scheherazade, Op. 35: IV. Festival at Baghdad – The Sea (extract)
The fast, high, insistent dinging adds to the drama of this spectacular piece.
Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra; Enrique Bátiz
Taken from Naxos 8.550726