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Kong Vong Toch

Name: Kong Vong Toch.
Type: Idiophones > Percussion > Gongs > Chime >
Hornbostel Sachs No#: 111.241.1
Country: Cambodia.
Region: South East Asia.

Description: The kong vong toch [in Khmer: គងវង់តូច or kong touch ; in Khmer: គងតូច] is a number of gongs that are attached to a circle-shaped rack, closely resembling its larger relative, the kong thom.

Both instruments belong to the percussion family of traditional Khmer instruments, along with the roneat ek, roneat dek, and roneat thung. These instruments are all performed in the pinpeat and mahaori orchestras. The kong toch is made of three parts; the frame of the gong circle, the gongs themselves and the gong mallets.

Etymology: The Khmer word korng / kong “gong” is refers to all types of gong including the flat or bossed gong, single or in a set, suspended on cords from hooks, or a gong placed over a frame. The history of these gongs can be traced in part from the epigraphy and iconography of Funan-Chenla and Angkor periods, for many can be seen carved on ancient Khmer temple.

Tuning: D • Eb • F • G • A • Bb • C • D • E • G • A • Bb • C • D

Citation: Bibliography: Miller, Terry & Williams, Sean ; The Garland Handbook of Southeast Asian Music Routledge – ISBN 978-1-135-90155-4 ; Khean, Yun ~ kong vong toch and kong vong thom ~ Apakaraṇ tantri purāṇ Kambujā ; Traditional musical instruments of Cambodia.. 2nd ed. Phnom Penh: Aṅgakār Aparaṃvidyāss̄tra niṅ Vappadham nai Sahaprajājāti, 2003. 162-171. Print ; Websites:

Khong Wong Lek

Name: Khong Wong Lek.
Type: Idiophones > Percussion > Gongs > Chime >
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 111.241
Country: Thailand.
Region: South East Asia.



Khong Wong Lek
Musician paying Khong Wong Lek – The bell wheel ; 19th century ~ New York Public Library ; Public Domain ; Mid-Manhattan Library – Picture Collection ;








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