castanets
(kas-TI-nets)


[Sp.]


Small, hand-held instrument made of concave shells of ivory or hard wood used by Spanish dancers to accompany dances such as the bolero, cachucha, etc. with a sharp clapping sound.


castanets

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SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLES:

Rimsky-Korsakov: Capiccio espagnol, Op. 34, "Fandango asturiano" (middle section)
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 23
Respighi: La boutique fantasque (on themes of Rossini), "Tarantella"
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 21

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