Name: Kkwaenggwari.
Type: Idiophones > Metallophones > Gongs.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 111.241.2
Country: Korea.
Region: Far East Asia.

Descriptions: Kkwaenggwari [in Hangul: 꽹과리 Kkwaenggwari ; Korean pronunciation: k͈wɛŋ.gwa.ɾi]. It is a small gong that is struck with a wooden beater. It is particularly important in Samuel nori and as the lead instrument in pungmul. The instrument is commonly used in folk performing arts in Korea, including shamanic music, dance, mask dance drama.

Etymology: The instrument’s name is probably onomatopoetic for the sound the instrument produces, “ggwaeng-ggwaeng” [in hangul: 꽹꽹]; An alternate name is swe.

Playing Techniques: This gong is struck with a wooden mallet to produce a sharp attention commanding sound. The sound of the Kkwaenggwari largely divided into Gaen [갠] gang [갱] and zig-gaen [지갠].


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